Hebrides News




70 vehicles on Lewis stopped driving offences crackdown

3 Oct 2017

Road policing officers from the Highlands and Islands have carried out a week of action on Lewis.


Officers, supported by the Driver and Vehicle Licensing Agency (DVLA) carried out patrols and checks aimed at promoting road safety on the island last week as part of Operation Route.


This is a divisional project which is aimed at reducing road collisions and crime, as well as reducing the number of people who become victims of incidents on the roads.


More than 70 vehicles were stopped, resulting in 32 offences being reported with the majority of faults relating to vehicle condition.


A number of goods vehicles were also issued with prohibitions for loading and weight offences.


One of the priorities highlighted by communities in the north of Scotland, including the Western Isles, is road safety and this activity aims to remind road users of what they can do to improve safety whilst using a vehicle on a road with the hope of reducing casualties and fatalities on our roads.


Divisional Road Policing Inspector Gus Stewart said: "It should be acknowledged that the majority of road users across the Highlands and Islands are both safe and respectful of others on the road.


"However our communities still highlight road safety as a key issue.

"With this in mind I would also seek to take this opportunity to provide the following advice to ensure that our roads are a safer place to travel.

"It is easy to ignore the risks when we are driving and pretend that bad things only happen to other people. It doesn't matter how long you've been driving, how safe you think your driving is, or whatever else you tell yourself to justify your manner of driving or condition of your vehicle, the reality is people are hurt every day in collisions.


"This is particularly relevant as the days become shorter and the temperatures drop with the notoriously unpredictable weather in the Highlands and Islands.


"Road users should ensure that their vehicles are given a winter check and are properly maintained.


“For cyclists, visibility is a key issue and they should ensure that they can be seen. Joggers and pedestrians are encouraged to wear high visibility garments and think carefully about the routes chosen.


"I would encourage everyone to follow these simple safety guidelines which could prevent accidents and injury.


"By both Police Scotland and road users across the Highlands and Islands working together, the number of casualties on the road can be significantly reduced and above all, help to keep people safe."