Po­lice to con­tinue Skye road safety crack­down af­ter 20 drivers snared

The Oban Times - - News -

MORE than 20 drivers have been caught in a road safety op­er­a­tion on Skye.

A week-long roads cam­paign was car­ried out on the is­land af­ter con­cerns were raised by res­i­dents and com­mu­nity groups.

The op­er­a­tion saw 15 drivers charged with speed­ing, two peo­ple charged with drink- driv­ing, two ve­hi­cles seized for hav­ing no in­sur­ance and a driver re­ported for hav­ing no valid driv­ing li­cence, along with other of­fences in re­la­tion to in­ap­pro­pri­ate driv­ing and ve­hi­cle de­fects.

Con­sta­ble David Can­ning, based in Dun­ve­gan, who led the op­er­a­tion, said: ‘It was dis­ap­point­ing to de­tect so many peo­ple driv­ing at in­ap­pro­pri­ate speeds in built-up ar­eas of the is­land, in­clud­ing one lo­cal man who has been re­ported to the procu­ra­tor fis­cal for driv- ing at 51 miles an hour in a 30 mile per hour zone in Broad­ford.

‘Th­ese proac­tive pa­trols, work­ing jointly with the roads polic­ing unit, will con­tinue throughout the sum­mer to en­sure Skye roads are safe places for res­i­dents and vis­i­tors. All of those de­tected now face a fine and points be­ing im­posed on their driv­ing li­cence, while those caught drink driv­ing face a min­i­mum of a 12-month driv­ing ban if found guilty.

‘Our mes­sage to drivers on Skye is to take your time, drive with con­sid­er­a­tion for oth­ers and get there safely.’

Any­one con­cerned over in­ap­pro­pri­ate driv­ing should call 101 to speak to a lo­cal of­fi­cer and fol­low the @LochabSkyePol Twit­ter feed for up-to- date roads in­for­ma­tion.

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