Police express serious concern at drivers’ actions

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Grampian Police have expressed serious concern over the actions of several young drivers over the weekend period.

The poor driving comes despite the fact that investigations are still continuing into the circumstances of two separate fatal road traffic collisions, which led to the death of two local young drivers.

While there is nothing to link the two most recent fatal road traffic collisions to the behaviour witnessed by police officers over the weekend, the deaths highlight the vulnerability of young motorists on the road.

Chief Inspector Ian Wallace, Head of Road Policing states: “In the past year or so, we have seen fewer people being killed on our local roads however last week’s tragedies has brought this issue sharply back to mind and has led to significant grief for the friends and families of those involved.

“Despite these recent sad events, the weekend period saw a number of young drivers failing to drive responsibility and through good fortune, the worst that befell them was being stopped by the police. On another day, the circumstances could have ended up in something far more serious.”

In Aberdeenshire, two men aged 23 and 24, along with a 23 year woman have been reported for travelling at speeds between 88 and 118 on the A90 near Balmedie. The woman was also reported for a drink driving offence.

“Chief Inspector Wallace added:

“This is a difficult message to have to provide following last week’s events, however the road safety message is one which continues to be vital. The fact that some young people are committing serious road traffic offences is very disappointing and they need to know that we are out on patrol, every day of the week using marked and unmarked patrols, seeking out this type of driving behaviour.”