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Traffic officers from Highland and Islands Police Division carry out high visibility patrols on the North Coast 500 (NC500) route – Operation Cedar was a road safety campaign which aims to tackle poor driving standards and reduce casualties across Caithness and the North of Scotland


By Ian Duncan

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Car on the North Coast 500.
Car on the North Coast 500.

Highland and Islands road policing officers have been carrying out high visibility patrols on the NC500 route under Operation Cedar – challenge, educate, detect and reduce – a road safety campaign which aims to tackle poor driving standards and reduce casualties across the North of Scotland.

As part of these patrols, over 90 vehicles were stopped and checked and a variety of road traffic offences were detected with 30 drivers charged with offences during the patrols.

The offences included speeding, driving while using a mobile phone, construction and use offences, document offences, driving while not wearing a seatbelt and careless driving.

In addition to this, 37 drivers were warned in respect of a variety of driving offences, including a significant number of caravan/campervan drivers who were given advice about allowing following vehicles to pass safely through proper use of passing places.

PC William Jones, from the Road Policing Unit based in Dingwall, said: “These patrols highlight our road safety commitment across the Highland and Islands region. We encourage members of the public, whether visitors or local residents alike, to enjoy the NC500 route responsibly whilst respecting those who live in areas on the route."



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