South Scotland

Dumfries and Galloway motoring offences show sharp rise

Seatbelt and mobile phone offences by drivers in parts of Dumfries and Galloway have more than doubled in the space of a year.

Figures for the Nithsdale district have risen sharply compared with the same period in 2009.

Some 534 people were caught driving while not wearing a seatbelt in the nine months to December, up from a figure of 234 in the previous year.

Mobile phone offences rose from 119 to a total of 274.

Ch Insp Allan Glendinning said he was extremely concerned by the figures and feared that even more people than those being caught could be putting their lives at risk.

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