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Police Scotland crackdown along A96 snares dozens of drivers between Inverness and Aberdeen

By Philip Murray

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DOZENS of motorists were stopped by police for road offences in a single day – after a crackdown on inappropriate driving on the A96.

Officers held the clampdown along the full length of the route, between Inverness and Aberdeen, on Wednesday.

Numerous check-points were set up between the two cities to address inappropriate driving behaviour, enforce legislation and educate motorists.

Around 90 vehicles were stopped in total, with one person charged in connection with dangerous driving and two for careless driving.

Other offences included eight drivers who were charged for speeding, one for using a mobile phone and two for failure to weat a seatbelt.

Six were found to be driving a vehicle that was in a dangerous condition, and half a dozen had no MOT.

Another driver had no insurance, and one was using an overloaded vehicle

Two dozen drivers were also handed warnings for various road offences.

"Police Scotland is committed to keeping people safe on our roads and ensuring motorists ensure their own safety as well as other road users," said north east road policing inspector Neil Morrison.

"In addition to maintaining a daily presence on routes across the north of Scotland, Road Policing officers routinely carry out high-visible operations like this to send out a clear message that robust action will be taken if you don’t use our roads safely.

“Thanks to Wednesday's action we were able to identify and detect a number of people committing offences and deal with them accordingly. Short-term, those offenders were charged or warned, however long-term I hope it sends out a lasting warning that dangerous or inappropriate driving behaviour will not be tolerated on our roads.

"Officers will continue to provide a visible presence on routes like the A96, providing assistance to motorists when required and taking enforcement action when necessary. High-visible operations like this will also be repeated in the future to help keep people safe.”

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