PO­LICE CRACK­DOWN ON TRAF­FIC OF­FENCES

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Road of­fend­ers were “bla­tant” and “easy to catch” ac­cord­ing to the po­lice su­per­in­ten­dent who ran the day of ac­tion.

More than 800 motoring en­force­ments were handed out, in­clud­ing 534 for speed­ing, 25 for peo­ple us­ing a mo­bile phone and seven for peo­ple go­ing through a red light. Su­per­in­ten­dent James Suther­land said: “I think it’s made a big im­pres­sion. All the ev­i­dence sug­gests en­force­ment changes driver be­hav­iour.

“We will only know if it’s ef­fec­tive in the long run. What I find very strik­ing is just how rou­tine and blasé peo­ple have been about their driv­ing. It was not hard catch­ing peo­ple on their mo­bile phones - it was ab­so­lutely bla­tant. “It was ex­traor­di­nary how easy it was to catch peo­ple.”

On the speed­ing of­fences, he added: “That’s a lot. We par­tic­u­larly fo­cused on be­ing in ru­ral ar­eas as far as pos­si­ble to catch peo­ple do­ing rat runs through vil­lages. “There were 40 eye­sight tests on the road­side - it was the first time we’ve done this. One per­son failed and lost their li­cence.”

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