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Police to up presence on the roads

Police constable Amanda Souter. Photo: Shetland News

THERE will be an increase in the number of marked and unmarked police vehicles on Shetland’s roads as officers respond to a recent upsurge in reports of dangerous or careless driving.

Police are currently looking for witnesses to a string of alleged incidents ranging from dangerous overtaking to a girl being knocked off her bicycle by a slow moving vehicle.

They are now reminding drivers in Shetland to keep an eye on their speed and the road conditions, to maintain a safe distance from the car in front and to only overtake when it is safe to do so.

The police added that there is an increase in motorcyclists and bicycle users at this time of the year.

Constable Amanda Souter said: “We will continue to work in partnership with the council’s road safety officer to provide information and educate drivers and other road users on keeping safe.

“In an effort to reduce incidents of careless and inconsiderate driving there will be an increase in both marked and unmarked police vehicles operating on the roads. Road users who choose to ignore the law and cause danger to others will be dealt with accordingly.”

Shetland Islands Council will also be treating road surfaces in the coming weeks, which will result in further speed restrictions.