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Top cops' drive to cut speeding; Campaign aims to save lives, reports MAGGIE BARRY.


A SCOTS driver breaks the speed limit every two minutes.

The figure came to light during a three-day speed campaign by the Association of Chief Police Officers in Scotland.

The campaign, designed to help reduce road fatalities by 30 per cent by 2015 and 40 per cent by 2020, targeted speeding drivers across the country.

Officers focused on motorists travelling too fast and detected 1837 breaking the limit.

Among the worst offenders were a 21-year-old man travelling at 114mph in Aberdeenshire and a woman travelling in Edinburgh at 71mph in a 40mph zone with three children in the vehicle.

A man was detected at 95mph through road works on the M90 in Fife. And an HGV driver was reported for dangerous driving for tailgating an unmarked patrol vehicle and flashing his lights - trying to bully it out of the way in a 40mph area.

Chief superintendent Derek Robertson, from Lothian and Borders Police, leads ACPOS on casualty reduction.

He said: "I am shocked and dismayed at the level of speeding and inappropriate driving that officers have dealt with during the campaign.

"The links between excessive speed and collisions causing death or serious injury are clear and those who flout the speed limits put themselves and others at risk.

"Almost 115,000 speeding offences were recorded in Scotland in 2010/11, which represents over a third of all motor vehicle offences.

"This has only reaffirmed the intention to continue our focus on irresponsible drivers, to make sure speed limits are acknowledged and the roads are made safer for everyone.

"Speeding carries a minimum penalty of a pounds 60 fine and three penalty points on your driving licence. If you are convicted of dangerous driving, you will lose your licence for at least 12 months and you may be ordered to resit your driving test."

The campaign also aims to cut serious casualties by 43 per cent by 2015 and 55 per cent by 2020, child fatalities by 35 per cent and 50 per cent and serious child casualties by 50 per cent and 65 per cent.
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Publication:Daily Record (Glasgow, Scotland)
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Date:Jul 27, 2012
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