Speeding 'day of action' launched

A day of action targeting speeding drivers has been launched by police forces across Scotland.

Over a 24-hour period, specialist officers will be looking out for people speeding and breaking other safety rules, such as those flouting the seatbelt law and using mobile phones while driving.

Chief Superintendent Michael McCormick, the spokesman for casualty reduction for the Association of Chief Police Officers in Scotland (Acpos), said: "Research shows that speeding continues to be a major problem on our roads.

"Drivers must change their attitude about speeding whether it is driving over the posted limit or too fast for the road conditions."

He urged members of the public to remember that speed limits are there for their own protection. "Break the law and you will get caught and punished, so don't risk it," he added.

Superintendent Niven Rennie, head of road policing for Strathclyde Police, where 63 people have been killed in traffic incidents so far this year, said: "Too often we witness the tragic consequences of people driving too fast or not wearing a seatbelt.

"Excessive speed is a major factor in many collisions on our roads. I really hope this day of action reminds people of their responsibility to obey the law and drive within the speed limit."

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