Police concern over young drivers

Grampian Police have expressed serious concern over the actions of several young drivers over last weekend.

The poor driving comes despite the fact that investigations are still continuing into the circumstances of two separate fatal road traffic collisions, which tragically led to the death of two local young drivers.

Whilst there is nothing to link the two most recent fatal road traffic collisions to the type of behaviour witnessed by officers over the weekend, the deaths again highlight the vulnerability of young motorists. Grampian Police is now reiterating their message for young drivers to drive responsibly and with care at all times.

Chief Inspector Ian Wallace, Head of Road Policing states: “In the past year or so, we have seen fewer people being killed on our local roads however last week’s tragedies has brought this issue sharply back to mind and has led to significant grief for the friends and families of those involved.

“Despite these recent sad events, the weekend period saw a number of young drivers failing to drive responsibility and through good fortune, the worst that befell them was being stopped by the police. On another day, the circumstances could have ended up in something far more serious.”

The drivers have all been reported for a range of offences, some of which will be passed to the Procurator Fiscal to consider.

In Aberdeen, three men aged 17, 18 and 22 years have been reported for drink driving offences.

In Aberdeenshire, two men aged 23 and 24, along with a 23 year woman have been reported for travelling at speeds between 88 and 118 on the A90 near Balmedie. The woman was also reported for a drink driving offence.

Chief Inspector Wallace added: “This is a difficult message to have to provide following last week’s events, however the road safety message is one which continues to be vital if we are to make the roads as safe as possible. The fact that some young people are committing serious road traffic offences is very disappointing and they need to know that we are out on patrol, every day of the week using marked and unmarked patrols, seeking out this type of driving behaviour.”