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Officers from Police Scotland’s Highland and Islands Road Policing Unit (RPU) have been on the roads of the Western Isles over a 10-day period, supporting local policing during the busy HebCelt and Eilean Dorcha festivals.

Between Thursday 14 and Sunday 24 July the RPU was patrolling as part of Operation CEDAR, a road safety campaign aimed at tackling poor driving standards and reducing casualties on the road.

As a result of their patrols over two festival weekends, over 60 vehicles were stopped and checked and a variety of drivers detected breaking the law.

They included two drink drivers, a drug driver, 18 speeding drivers, and two drivers who were issued with vehicle ASBOs due to their poor driving.

A further 11 drivers were charged with document offences, one with a taxi licence offence and a number of drivers were given warnings over minor road traffic offences. 

Police Constable Gilfillan of the Fort William-based RPU said: “These patrols highlight our road safety commitment across the Highland and Islands and will hopefully reassure communities in these areas that we are listening to their concerns and acting upon them in respect of re-enforcing a robust road safety message. 

“Through Operation CEDAR we aim to reduce road casualties and influence driver behaviour by addressing poor driving standards and poor decision-making, enforcing appropriate legislation where necessary.”

Anyone with concerns about a suspected drink or drug driver is encouraged to contact police on 101, or to use 999 in an emergency, and to report their concerns. You can also pass anonymous information to Crimestoppers by phoning 0800 555 111.

The picture shows an RPU officer on patrol at Clachan in North Uist (Police Scotland).