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News / In brief for 5 June 2011

Road safety campaign

SHETLAND police are warning drivers that they are joining a national summer road safety campaign to target drivers breaking the law.

From 7am on Monday morning, local officers will bee keeping a close eye out for anyone who may be driving under the influence of drink or drugs, without a seatbelt, while speaking on a mobile phone or breaking the speed limit.

The campaign will run for exactly two weeks, ending at 7am on Monday 20 June.

A spokesman said: “Northern Constabulary is committed to making its roads safer by reducing death, injury and crime. In order to achieve this we will provide a highly visible police response; encourage responsible driver behaviour and reduce vehicle crime.

Scott on sport

SHETLAND MSP Tavish Scott has been highlighting the islands’ recent sporting achievements in the Scottish Parliament and calling for his fellow MSPs to help local sportspeople to attend events on the mainland.

On top of his campaign to have the government reinstate the Air Discount Scheme for businesses and organisations, Mr Scott said young Shetland athletes need help to meet the high travel costs of competing at a national level.

Mentioning swimmer Amy Harper, triathlete Lynsey Henderson and the Shetland fencing team, all of whom have qualified to compete at UK championship level, Mr Scott called on sports minister Shona Robison to help islanders to attend such competitons.

“All that I ask of the minister is that she considers how we can best ensure that young athletes of whatever sporting discipline can compete. I have had that discussion with sportscotland and some of the governing bodies, but the minister has more power than I have to ask those bodies to give those young people the chance to compete and become the Olympic or Commonwealth athletes that we want them to become,” he said.

 

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