48 drivers reported following road policing activity

Road users across the North East of Scotland are asked to take care during the festive period whilst travelling on the roads and with the inevitable increase in celebrations, are reminded of the dangers of drinking or taking drugs while driving, including the morning after.

With the festive drink drug drive campaign well under way throughout Scotland, road checks will be carried out at all times of the day and night.

During the first two weeks of the campaign, throughout Aberdeenshire and Moray there have been 826 motorists stopped in connection with the campaign resulting in 20 persons being detected above the legal limit.

Of these, 17 were male and 3 were female with one of the male drivers providing a reading which was more than 5 times over the legal limit.

In addition to patrols in connection with the festive safety campaign, Road Policing Officers from Aberdeenshire and Moray Division, along with Officers from the Trunk Road Patrol Group, will continue to carry out high visibility patrols as part of their daily duties on some of the known collision routes throughout the region.

During last weekend officers were on patrol on the A90 and the A96 which resulted in 19 motorists being reported for speeding offences with speeds ranging between 78 and 107mph.

A further 9 motorists were reported for driving whilst using a mobile phone.

Inspector Ewan Innes from Aberdeenshire and Moray Roads Policing said: “The festive period is a time for families and friends to get together and quite often this involves travelling to destinations all over the UK.

“I would remind all road users of the need to stay safe, whether you are a driver or vulnerable road user such as a cyclist or pedestrian.”