Police and Crimestoppers encourage reporting of danger driving

Published 23 March 2018

Police Scotland and Crimestoppers are encouraging members of the public to report irresponsible driving on the roads of the Highlands and Islands.

Improving road safety is a key issue for Police Scotland and is a priority regularly raised by communities across the north of Scotland.

A recent example of community intelligence assisting police enquiries on the roads came in the aftermath of a serious road traffic collision between a car and pedestrian on Friars Bridge in Inverness on on February 19, 2017.

A member of the public identified the vehicle involved and observed it as the driver - who was drunk, disqualified and without insurance - attempted to leave Inverness.

As a result Andrei Sinzieanu, 26, was charged in connection with the collision, pleaded guilty and was sentenced in February this year to 45 months imprisonment, as well as receiving  a six year driving ban.

Road Policing Sergeant Donnie Mackinnon was the senior investigating officer for the collision.

He said: "The actions of the member of the public who identified the vehicle led to the swift arrest of the individual involved, which ultimately resulted in his conviction.

"While incidents such as this are rare, it is a good example of police and public working together to keep our roads safe.

"Police Scotland is committed to providing a visible presence, improving driver behaviour and reducing casualties on our roads.

"However, we can't be everywhere and nor would the vast majority of law abiding motorists want us to be.

"With that in mind, we urge anybody who has concerns about dangerous, irresponsible or drink driving to report these issues to us.

"You could help bring someone to justice as in the hit and run in Inverness, your information may help take a drink driver off the road or it could prevent a collision from ever occurring."

There are various means to report concerns, including calling Police Scotland directly on 101 or 999 in an emergency.

You can also contact Crimestoppers on 0800 555 111 to pass on concerns anonymously.

Jim Ferguson Scottish chair of Crimestoppers said: "Crimestoppers are delighted to see justice being done in relation to this hit and run.

"I'm particularly pleased that a member of the public came forward with information which resulted in the driver being quickly apprehended by the police. Such community-spirited action has resulted in the capture of a dangerous person and justice being served.

"Crimestoppers supports our communities by assisting people to come forward with information and this is a good example of a member of the public supporting the police in their role.

"The police in Highlands and Islands Division continues to work hard at protecting members of the public and another good result in the apprehension of this dangerous driver. We hope that the injured party will recover in time."

Contact Details

Call 101 for non-emergencies and general policing matters, in an emergency call 999. If you have information about a crime you can also contact Crimestoppers anonymously on 0800 555 111.

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