Road traffic offences soar
SOARING road offence figures for the North-east have sparked a call for tougher court action against offenders.
And road safety experts and politicians said more needed to be done to back up the efforts of Grampian Police.
The plea came after new statistics showed the number of road offences committed in the North-east soared from 30,510 in 2009-10 to 35,446 in 2010-11 – the highest increase for any force area in Scotland.
Offences included speeding, driving while using a mobile phone, failing to wear a seatbelt, illegal manoeuvres, not having insurance and being i n charge of a defective vehicle.
Chief Inspector Ian Wallace, head of t he Grampian force’s road
DAVID CARSON was almost twice the drink-drive limit when stopped in a North-east town.
The 58-year-old had 66mcg of alcohol in his breath when the legal limit is 35mcg while driving in Market Street, Ellon on December 10 last year. Carson, whose address was given in court papers as 29 Dunnottar Road, Ellon, also admitted behaving in a threatening or abusive manner and shouting and swearing on the same day at home.
He was fined £560 and banned for 18 months at Aberdeen Sheriff Court.
RAYMOND SANDERS admitted being more than three times the limit on a busy North-east road.
The 34-year-old pleaded guilty by letter at Aberdeen Sheriff Court.
He was found on the A90 Aberdeen to Peterhead road near an unclassified road to Aikenshill.
Sanders was found driving with 251 millilitres of alcohol in his system, when the limit is 80ml, on May 2.
Sanders, whose address was given in court papers as 45 Hatton Farm Gardens, Hatton, had his sentence deferred for a personal appearance. policing unit, said the increase in offences was primarily due to greater use of mobile speed cameras by the North East Safety Camera Partnership.
A spokeswoman for the Judicial Office of Scotland said: “Every case is judged on the individual circumstances and any sentence passed will take into account previous convictions and public safety.”
FINED: Gareth Martin must pay £600 and was put off the road for three years. CAUGHT: Graeme Robertson was twice the drink limit.