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Police / Police detect nearly 20 driving offences during road safety weekend

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NINETEEN driving offences were detected by police in Shetland in the space of three days as part of a road safety enforcement weekend (1 to 3 October) in the isles.

One man was arrested and charged for allegedly driving a stolen car whilst under the influence of excess alcohol, driving without insurance and being a disqualified driver.

Police said that amongst the other offences, two men aged 33 and 32 will be the subject of a report to the procurator fiscal pending further enquiry for alleged drug driving offences after failing a drugs wipe test.

A 33-year-old man has also been charged for allegedly using his phone whilst driving with children in the back of the car.

Between Friday and Sunday officers stopped 55 vehicles in total.

Road policing constable Ben Cruickshank said: “It is disappointing that people still think they will get away with drink/drug driving, driving carelessly or without insurance. Our pro-active patrols are part of our continued efforts to detect these offences.

“We want to reassure our communities, especially those in our more rural areas, that road safety is a priority for the division and we will respond to any concerns people may have whilst aiming to improve road safety throughout the Highlands and Islands.”