Western Isles police have been actively enforcing road traffic legislation in a bid to improve safety on island roads.
There have been three road traffic collisions over recent days – two on Tuesday (7th May), on Matheson Road at 10.30am and on Perceval Road at 11.18am, and one this morning (Thursday May 9th), when a collision occurred on Matheson Road at the Goathill Road junction.
Since Monday (6th May) four fixed penalties have been issued for drivers caught speeding on Sandwick Road and Olivers Brae and two penalties given to drivers driving through Point Street, a pedestrianised area. A number of penalty tickets have also been issued by the town’s parking warden during the same period.
In Marybank on Tuesday (7th May) a vehicle was seized because the driver had no insurance, and in Parkend on Monday afternoon a penalty was issued to a driver whose vehicle had no MOT certificate.
One driver had his vehicle seized twice within a few days for a number of road traffic offences. The 52-year-old man had his vehicle taken from him after an incident in Carloway, on Friday May 3rd at 6pm, and the same vehicle was seized for a second time at 5.30pm on Monday. He will be reported for both offences to the Procurator Fiscal.
The police activity is part of Police Scotland’s Operation CEDAR (Challenge, Educate, Detect and Reduce), which is aimed at reducing the number of people killed and seriously injured in the Highlands and Islands. The aim is to use proactive multi-agency enforcement alongside education activity, aimed at improving the behaviour of drivers of all ages behind the wheel.
Yellow lines have been refreshed around Stornoway town centre and drivers are being advised to pay careful attention to the various parking restrictions, clearly displayed on notices beside each road.
Restricted parking times vary depending on the street location and parking without payment in marked bays set out by the Comhairle also leaves drivers liable to fines.
Chief Inspector Iain MacLelland, who has led the development of Operation CEDAR for Police Scotland Highlands & Islands Division, said: "Road safety is a key priority for Police Scotland, and this has been led by our communities, who regularly highlight it as one of their main concerns.”