Police plan road safety action day

Police forces across Scotland will take part in a day of action to target drivers who put their lives at risk by not wearing a seatbelt.

Officers will also focus on thousands of motorists who do not heed speed limits, as part of a move to reduce the number of casualties on Scotland's roads.

The day of action, co-ordinated by the Association of Chief Police Officers in Scotland (Acpos), will take place on Wednesday next week to coincide with the United Nations' (UN) Decade of Action for Road Safety.

Acpos hopes the campaign will help drivers understand the dangers of not wearing a seatbelt and of exceeding the speed limit, an offence it says is a "major cause of accidents".

Chief Superintendent Charlie Common of Lothian and Borders Police, the Acpos lead on casualty reduction, said: "Speaking on behalf of Acpos, I often promote national campaigns and express my disappointment at the number of people who continue to take unacceptable risks and endanger the lives of road users.

"Over the next 10 years we will be working towards stringent targets in relation to casualty reduction and the type of action we intend to take on Wednesday forms part of that work.

"Once again, extra patrols will be evident and I would encourage all road users to obey the speed limits and take the essential precaution of ensuring that seat belts are worn."

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