Road safety campaign targets speeding near schools

Published 20 March 2018

Road policing officers in the Highlands will be focusing their efforts on speeding around schools with a dedicated operation either side of the Easter holidays.

Road safety is a priority locally for Police Scotland and concerns are regularly raised by communities about driver behaviour near schools.

Officers will be carrying out enforcement activity around schools aiming at deterring speeding and taking action against anyone found to be breaking the speed limit.

The operation will run from Monday, March 26 until Wednesday, March 28 - and then again between Monday, April 16 and Friday, April 20.

Road Policing Sergeant Gregor Hay said: "Driving irresponsibly near schools risks the lives of children among many others and will not be tolerated.

"It is an issue which parents and communities regularly raise concerns about. During this operation we will target our patrols so we are in a position to take action against drivers who ignore the speed limit.

""Children going to and from school are not always highly visible so I am urging motorists to please take a little extra care.

"Reduced speed limits around schools are there for a reason and drivers should pay particular attention in these areas."

Figures recently released by Police Scotland and the Scottish Government show that 96% of collisions involving pedestrians happen in built-up areas, with most casualties occurring between 4-6pm on weekdays.

Sergeant Hay added: "Our warning about speed doesn't just apply near schools, all pedestrians and cyclists are potentially vulnerable on the roads and we would urge people while in town, slow down.

"For those who continue to ignore these warnings, our message is simple. We will be watching and we will catch you."

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