Road policing officers in the Highlands have once again highlighted the dangers of speeding, not wearing a seatbelt and using a mobile phone while driving.

This follows a big rise in the number of offences detected during April - which included a dedicated operation across Scotland targeting all three offences.

In the Highlands and Islands area, 33 drivers were detected in relation to seatbelt offences - while 34 were detected using a mobile phone while driving.  These represent a rise from 23 and 27 respectively in the same period in 2017.

A total of 493 drivers were detected in connection with speeding offences in April - a rise from 412 in the same period last year.

These offences coincided with a national road safety campaign run by Police Scotland between April 16-22 aimed at raising awareness of the dangers of excess speed, seatbelt offences and using a mobile phone.

Road Policing Sergeant Gus Murray said: "All three of these offences are among the main causes of fatal and serious road traffic collisions on the roads of the Highlands and across Scotland.

"It is extremely disappointing that this significant minority of drivers still believe they can take the law into their own hands, putting their own lives and the lives of other innocent road users at risk.

"Drivers need to take responsibility for their actions behind the wheel.

"These figures show that a number of motorists are not heeding the dangers. Road policing officers across the Highlands and Islands will continue to raise awareness of these offences and take enforcement action against any drivers found to be breaking the law."