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Action on driving issues sees eight charged after operations around Ellon and Mintlaw

By David Porter

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Under the banner of Operation CEDAR (Challenge, Educate, Detect and Reduce) officers in Formartine and Peterhead CPTs carried out a day of action today in respect of speeding complaints and antisocial driving around the local communities.

Officers routinely target local complaints and challenge antisocial driving and ask drivers to take responsibility for their actions with a view to reduce the risk of casualties on our roads.

They targeted illegal parking and speeding around schools with drivers being warned and tickets issued.

One driver, originally stopped for speeding, tested positive for cocaine.

This driver was also found in possession of a personal quantity of suspected controlled drugs and a report will be submitted to the Procurator Fiscal once analysis is complete.

In total 13 drivers were warned, five drivers charged with speeding and three drivers reported for other vehicular offences with checks carried out in Ellon, Peterhead, Tarves, Balmedie and Mintlaw.

Sergeant MacDonald, who planned the Day of Action, said "We do everything we can to challenge driver behaviour and influence attitudes towards road safety, especially around the local schools but ultimately sometimes we must charge drivers who fail to abide by the speed limits particularly near schools.

"It is also positive to hear that the officers out today received encouragement from the communities when addressing these complaints".

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