Mar 052013

Lothian and Borders Police LogoAlmost 200 people have been charged with alleged road traffic offences as part of a campaign to reduce road casualties throughout the L & B Police Force area.

On Tuesday 26th February, Lothian and Borders Police launched Operation Oakum and over the past seven days Road Policing Officers have been carrying out enforcement activity on identified roads to detect and deter poor driving behaviour.

As a result, 11 people have been charged with careless driving, while 67 motorists were stopped for speeding.

A total of 55 drivers were charged with seat belt offences and a further 51 people have also been reported to the Procurator Fiscal for using a mobile phone while behind the wheel.

Police were also monitoring the road network for those driving while under the influence and six people were subsequently charged with alleged drink driving.

During the enforcement activity an almost 30% reduction in serious injury collisions was recorded, in comparison with the previous year.

However, officers remain committed to identifying those who continually ignore the law and will continue to provide a presence across our roads.

Road Policing Inspector Andy Amour said:

While we are delighted to have observed a comparative decrease in serious injury collisions, there are still far too many motorists driving in a manner, which puts themselves and other road users at risk.

Careless driving, speeding and drink driving greatly impair your ability to maintain control of a vehicle, while using a mobile phone or other device increases the likelihood that you will be involved in a collision.

Lothian and Borders Police are committed to casualty reduction on our roads and we will maintain a visible presence across various routes within the Force area. Anyone found to be driving in an unacceptable manner, or driving when they are not legally entitled to do so, will be robustly dealt with.