Police target uninsured drivers in new crackdown
Published 14 Aug 2012 12:00 0 Comments
POLICE forces across Scotland will be taking part in a three-day campaign, co-ordinated by the Association of Chief Police Officers in Scotland (ACPOS) to target unlicensed and uninsured drivers.
The campaign, which runs from today (Tuesday) to Thursday, is the second such campaign in the ACPOS Road Policing National Campaign Strategy for 2012/13 designed to remove irresponsible and potentially dangerous drivers and vehicles from Scotland's roads.
During the first campaign in April this year police detected a total of 207 driving offences, 146 in relation to uninsured drivers and 61 in relation to driving licence offences, as well as seizing 84 vehicles for consideration of forfeiture by the courts.
Chief Superintendent Ralph Noble, from Northern Constabulary, who is the ACPOS lead for co-ordinating activity to deny criminals the use of Scotland's roads, said, "This second campaign tackling uninsured and unlicensed drivers highlights the fact that detecting those who flout laws designed to keep unsafe and hazardous drivers and vehicles off the roads remains a priority for Scotland's police.
"Drivers should be aware that with a simple roadside check of the Police National Computer and the Motor Insurance Database (MID) officers can establish if the driver holds a valid licence and if a current insurance policy exists.
"If not they face being charged and reported or arrested if found to be a disqualified driver but also the prospect of having their vehicles seized at the roadside.
"Do not risk it, don't drive without a licence or other than your licence allows and make sure your insurance policy is up-to-date."