Police crackdown on driving offences

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Police Scotland today praised members of the public for reporting illegal drivers to the independent charity Crimestoppers during the week long campaign supported by the force.

Some of these anonymous tip-offs helped officers detect 784 drivers for breaking the law on Scotland’s road and endangering lives and included 129 drivers detected for driving licence offences; 310 driver detected for no insurance; 245 for no valid test certificate (MOT) and 100 for exceeding the drink driving limit or driving whilst unfit due to drink of drugs.

In addition, 179 of these drivers have had their vehicle seized which means they will have to pay additional costs if they want their vehicle back or it will be disposed of.

Chief Inspector Stewart Carle, of Police Scotland’s road policing, said: “Police Scotland is committed to keeping people safe by positively influencing road user behaviour.

“We are encouraged by the high level of support from the public and every call received by Crimestoppers shows that they are not prepared to put up with the illegal use of vehicles on our roads or the threat they pose to safety.

“The continued public support to identify those offenders is vital. We are tackling poor driving behaviours and illegal driving activities in all our communities and “You can continue to help us keep people safe by calling our national non-emergency telephone number 101 or Crimestoppers Scotland 0800 555 111 or contact them through their anonymous online form at www.crimestoppers-uk.org. “

Kate Jackson, national manager of Crimestoppers Scotland, added: “These illegal drivers affect all law abiding motorists and the response by the public show that they want to help do something about it.

“If you call or have called have called the charity with information, you can be safe in the knowledge that no one will know it was you.

“I would urge any others with information to call us in confidence on 0800 555 111 and help keep our roads safer and crime free.”