A police operation to target illegal parking and driving offences will start in Stonehaven on Saturday and run for two weeks.
The operation will focus on illegal parking, particularly outside schools, and driving offences such as not wearing a seatbelt and using a mobile phone whilst driving.
PC Colin Logan from Kincardine and Mearns Community Policing Team explains “This initiative is in response to local concerns that the public have raised with us. The safety of all pedestrians and road users is paramount especially around school areas. I am urging motorists to be aware of their surroundings and in particular where they are parking.
“Unfortunately there is always the potential that a child could run across a road and a car parked in a restricted area could lead to a motorist being unable to see a child crossing until it is too late.
“Officers will educate drivers on appropriate parking and adhering to the laws. Where we detect offences fixed penalties will be issued and where appropriate, drivers will find themselves being charged and reported to the procurator fiscal.”
Penalties include £100 for not wearing a seatbelt, £30 for parking on double yellow lines, parking on a controlled area that forms part of a zebra, pelican or puffin crossing carries a fine of £100 with three penalty points and using a mobile phone or operating a hand-held device whilst driving carries a £100 fine and three penalty points.
PC Logan added: “The operation starts on Saturday and officers will be out on patrol over the two week period. Stonehaven is a busy town with residents and visitors who come to enjoy all that the town offers. I would urge motorists to think carefully about where they park and to consider their own safety and the safety of others by always wearing a seatbelt and not using a mobile phone whilst driving.
“This initiative is part of the wider Operation CEDaR (Challenge Educate Detect and Reduce) which aims to reduce casualties on our local roads, and again, highlights Police Scotland’s commitment to keeping people safe.”