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Police Scotland warn motorists to drive safely or stay at home during

By Ali Morrison

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Police Scotland's roads division are keeping Scotland safe.
Police Scotland's roads division are keeping Scotland safe.

MOTORISTS are urged to drive safely and adhere to coronavirus guidance.

Police Scotland is reminding of the importance of being safe on the roads after a number of people were detected driving at high speeds as well as drink or drug driving.

Between April 10 and 14, 10 people were detected for high level speeding offences and 16 people were detected for drink or drug driving offences by Road Policing officers.

Notable incidents included: a 23-year-old man reported in connection with dangerous driving after being detected travelling at 70mph in a 40mph limit and in excess of 100mph in a 60mph limit on the A96 near Forres; and a 21-year-old man in Inverness arrested in connection with alleged drug driving after failing a roadside drug test and had his vehicle seized due to having no insurance.

Superintendent Simon Bradshaw, from the Road Policing Division said: "Drink or drug driving is never acceptable and it is astonishing to see people behave so recklessly, particularly when we all need to be doing our bit to stay at home to protect the NHS and save lives.

"Officers remain on patrol on the road network and in local communities to deal with illegal driving behaviour in order to keep people safe. While the roads may be quieter as the majority of people stay at home, there still remains the potential for unexpected changes to road conditions, such as the presence of pedestrians or deer and other wildlife. Nobody can predict what is around the corner and speeding or driving under the influence of alcohol or drugs significantly increases your chances of being involved in a crash."

He added: "The consequences of speeding or drink or drug driving can be fatal and it simply is not worth the risk. Now, more than ever, we urge motorists to drive safely and legally and to pay heed to government guidance on staying at home."

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