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Police target speeding drivers in Turriff

By Kyle Ritchie

Concerns from residents has led the police to launch a crackdown on speeding and dangerous driving within the Turriff area.

Road police officers in the Turriff area are targeting dangerous drivers and speeders.
Road police officers in the Turriff area are targeting dangerous drivers and speeders.

The issues were raised by the public at a series of community surgeries,

Operation Illustrious will take the form of dedicated high visibility and intelligence led patrols including speed checks by officers from the Formartine Local Policing Team, based at Turriff and Ellon, supported by officers from North East Division's Roads Policing Unit.

It is a local operation in support of Operation CEDAR (Challenge Educate Detect and Reduce) which aims to improve road safety in the north east.

In the past few days as part of its launch, officers carried out a number of speed checks across the area.

As a result, two drivers were issued fixed penalty tickets after they were stopped at 51 miles per hour in a 40mph zone and 41mph in a 30mph zone.

A number of other people were stopped and warned regarding their manner of driving.

Inspector Andy Scott said: "Following a number of public consultations on issues within the Formartine area, it was noted that the majority of concerns raised related to speeding and road safety.

"With this in mind the Formartine Local Policing Team has launched Operation Illustrious which aims to pro-actively tackle road safety within the local area and though a combination of education and enforcement seeks to change drivers' attitudes towards road safety and speeding.

"Supported by our colleagues from roads policing, my officers will carry out dedicated high visibility patrols in the Formartine area to identify drivers whose driving falls below the required standard.

"Regular speed checks will also be carried out at a number of sites identified through intelligence and public consultation.

"My message to the communities of Formartine and those who travel throughout our towns and villages is clear, drive in a manner which is suitable for the road and weather conditions, abide by the speed limits and respect the safety of others who use the roads.

"Those who choose to flout the law will be proactively targeted and dealt with robustly."

Anyone wishing to report drivers for speeding or other road traffic offences should contact Police Scotland on 101.

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