Over 200 offenders caught during nationwide road safety campaign
MORE than 200 unlicensed and uninsured drivers have been caught in three days of action by police forces across Scotland.
During the campaign, police detected a total of 207 driving offences, 70 in relation to uninsured drivers and 137 in relation to driving licence offences.
As well as facing charges for these offences police have also seized 84 cars.
Chief Superintendent Stevie Mackay from Northern Constabulary, the ACPOS lead for coordinating activity to deny criminals the use of Scotland’s roads said: “We are committed to ensuring that Scotland’s roads are as safe as possible and in just 3 days we have caught over 200 offenders driving without a suitable licence or insurance.
“People who knowingly drive without a driving licence or insurance are a hazard on our roads. These offenders risk the lives of other road users and cost law abiding motorists higher insurance premiums every year.
“We will continue to patrol Scotland’s roads day and night targeting those who put other road users at risk”
Dean Smith from the Motor Insurers’ Bureau (MIB), which holds all the data for car insurance in the UK, said: “We were pleased to support the Scottish police and other police forces across the country in tackling the menace of uninsured driving in this operation and throughout the rest of the year. The success of the campaign is proof of the crucial role that the MID plays in assisting the police with on-road enforcement and keeping our roads safe.
“Combined with legislation under the Continuous Insurance Enforcement (CIE) scheme, which is the systematic comparison of the DVLA registered keeper database and the MID to identify potentially uninsured vehicles – it means that there is nowhere to hide for uninsured motorists.”
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