Police charge motorists in Mearns

Several motorists have been charged following a road safety operation carried out in the Kincardine and Mearns this week.

Police Scotland said that particular focus was given to educating motorists caught driving or parking inappropriately outside schools in the Portlethen, Stonehaven, Laurencekirk, Fettercairn, Johnshaven, Gourdon, Inverbervie, St Cyrus, Drumlithie, Banchory Devenick and Drumoak areas.

Patrols were also carried out on the A90, A92, B979 Netherly Road and South Deeside Road as well as unclassified roads in the area. There were a number of static checks carried out in Stonehaven and Portlethen towns also.

Motorists charged in relation to speeding included a 36 year old man driving at 104mph on the A90 near Stonehaven. Several other car drivers were also caught driving at above 90mph also on the A90 near Stonehaven.

Several motorists were also charged or warned in relation to parking in restricted areas, having defective tyres and not wearing seatbelts. Charges were also brought in relation to drink driving and dangerous driving.

PC Austin Stevenson said: “The operation was carried out in response to concerns raised by the public. In the Kincardine & Mearns area we have seen a significant increase in road users due to the construction of the Aberdeen Western Peripheral Route. We also anticipate that with warmer weather we will see more road users such as motorcyclists and pedal cyclists who want to enjoy the lovely scenery we have in our area and who are more vulnerable to the risks on roads.

“The issues that come with such large numbers of people and variety of vehicles using the roads are wide and varied, however, include parking, speeding and other road safety concerns.

“It has been disappointing to see people charged and reported for speeding despite the repeated warnings and the obvious dangers of driving above the speed limit.

“It is unacceptable that these drivers are further examples of those who are willing to put themselves, and others, in obvious danger.

“I would again urge motorists to please slow down, pay attention to what’s around you and, drive for the conditions and respect other road user’s safety.”