Police in Highlands and Islands to target speeding motorists around schools
18th August 2013
Police Scotland Highland and Islands Division will be targeting speeding motorists around the region's roads from tomorrow for the next fortnight to ensure the safety of all school attendees and encourage motorists to drive at lesser speeds.
The division-wide initiative will focus on all primary and secondary schools from tomorrow (20 August 2013) until next Friday (30 August 2013), particularly in areas where those attending are known to walk to and from school.
Police are keen to remind motorists of the 20mph restriction that is in place around most schools in built-up areas and those caught driving above this could face being issued with a Fixed Penalty Notice or even be reported to the Procurator Fiscal, depending on the circumstances.
Divisional Road Policing Inspector Neil Lumsden said: "During the first two weeks of schools going back we will be targeting those who choose to drive at speed close to schools in order to ensure the safety of all those attending. This is for the primary purpose of keeping people, most importantly our children, safe."
He continued: "I would like to ask that those driving in the vicinity of schools be aware not only of their speed but also of their surroundings, not just in the next two weeks, but throughout the whole school year."
Routine speed checks will continue across the area throughout the school year on conclusion of this high visibility initiative.