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Police swoop on drug drivers and speeders

By David G Scott

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Police arrested five people on drug driving offences and dealt with 45 motorists for speeding over one weekend in the Highlands.

Highland and Islands road policing officers have been undertaking patrols as part of Operation Cedar (challenge, educate, detect and reduce).

Patrols carried out in the Highland region over the weekend resulted in five drug driving detections. Four males aged 21, 36, 43, and 51 and one female aged 21 were arrested for failing roadside drug wipes. In addition to this, 45 incidents of speeding were detected and dealt with.

Sergeant Neil MacDonald from the Highland and Islands Road Policing Unit said: “It's very disappointing to see that there are a number of drivers who continue to take risks and put themselves and others in danger.

"The consequences of driving whilst unfit through drink or drugs and speeding can be catastrophic and we will continue to carry out enforcement in order to change driver behaviour and reduce casualties.

"Also at this time of year, the change in clocks and deterioration in weather bring additional hazards and it's essential that all road users think carefully about their actions and take steps to ensure both their driving and vehicle comply with regulations."

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