Scottish motorists urged to drive safely

Scottish motorists urged to drive safely

Police Scotland has reminded motorists of the importance of being safe on the roads after a number of people were detected driving at high speeds as well as drink or drug driving over the Easter weekend.

The issue was flagged with police by Green MSP for the Highlands and Islands John Finnie in response to concerns from constituents.

Writing to Police Scotland, the MSP noted that while the vast majority of drivers were continuing to obey the law, a small number were treating the lower volume of traffic "as a justification for speeding and other dangerous behaviour".

He added that any traffic collision would add further pressure to emergency services already stretched by the coronavirus pandemic.

Police Scotland said it is actively targeting the issue in the Highlands and Islands and would continue to be visible on the road throughout the lockdown.

Mr Finnie said: "Though only a small number of drivers are seeing the quieter roads as a justification for dangerous and reckless driving, that's still too many. Any kind of collision at the moment would add to the workload of emergency services who are already carrying a significant burden. I thank Police Scotland for their continued vigilance on this matter and urge all road users to continue to act safely and responsibly."

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