>> 22 January 2013
SNP councillor for Inverurie & District Hamish Vernal has backed a crackdown on anti-social driving in Inverurie funded by the Aberdeenshire Community Safety Partnership. Teams of uniformed and plain clothes police officers carried out patrols with a focus on the Burn Lane car park and Inverurie town centre.
The operation followed complaints from local residents about motorists using the area as a 'circuit'. A total of 11 offences were detected over the course of the crackdown, carried out on 7 and 8 December.
Two motorists were reported for minor road traffic offences and one was caught driving without insurance. Four instances of careless driving were detected and one person was reported to the Procurator Fiscal under the Misuse of Drugs Act. Three people also received formal warnings under the Anti-Social Behaviour Act. Officers seized three vehicles during the course of the two day operation.
Commenting, Cllr Vernal said:
“Anti-social driving impacts on the quality of life of local residents so I am pleased that not only have offenders been dealt with but a message has clearly been sent that the community will not tolerate such behaviour and those who choose to behave in such a manner can expect to feel the consequences.
“I am grateful to Grampian Police and the local community safety group for making this a priority and I hope this will lead to a reduction in such incidents.”