Police launch speeding crackdown

Police in Scotland have launched a new crackdown on speeding drivers.

Officers across the country took part in a day of action targeting those who break speed limits or drive inappropriately for the conditions of the road.

Those who are convicted of speeding or dangerous driving may receive points on their licence or even a driving ban which could affect their futurecar insurance premiums.

The initiative was organised by the Association of Chief Police Officers in Scotland (Acpos), which is conducting a series of road safety campaigns this year.

Previous crackdowns have targeted uninsured vehicles, people using their mobile phones behind the wheel, motorists who fail to use seatbelts and those who drive while under the influence of alcohol or drugs.

The Acpos lead on casualty reduction, Chief Superintendent Derek Robertson, said previous crackdowns this year had caught more than 1,000 motorists speeding and more than 70 driving dangerously or carelessly.

He added: "In each case they were potentially putting their lives and the lives of others at risk - this is unacceptable.

"Speeding carries a minimum penalty of a £60 fine and 3 penalty points on your driving licence. If convicted of dangerous driving, you will lose your licence for at least 12 months and you may be ordered to re-sit your driving test."

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