Tayside and Central Scotland

Risky A9 driving targeted by police forces

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Two police forces have joined together to crack down on dangerous driving on a road once branded "Scotland's deadliest".

Tayside Police and Northern Constabulary, along with the Safety Camera Partnerships in both areas, will target poor driving on the A9.

A particular focus will be on instances of careless or dangerous driving.

The A9 between Perth and Inverness sees more collisions in August than in other months of the year.

The forces said the primary objective of the joint initiative was to enhance road safety for everyone while reducing the number of incidents causing significant disruption to those using the A9.

'No complacency'

Insp Julie Robertson, from Tayside Police, said: "Contrary to some beliefs, poor driver behaviour is at the root of many serious and fatal collisions and not the road in itself."

She added: "Remember, no-one can be complacent about road safety. Drivers must concentrate on their driving and the ever changing traffic, road and weather conditions around them.

"Please don't be tempted to take chances on our roads."

Officers will be carrying out high profile patrols in marked cars and will be supported by mobile speed camera vans to encourage motorists to drive responsibly. There will also be a number of unmarked patrol cars operating on the road.

The joint initiative is to focus as much on educating drivers as it is enforcement.

Both forces will be using Facebook and Twitter, offering drivers helpful tips and advice and releasing figures of those committing motoring offences specifically on the A9.

Insp Derek Paterson, of Northern Constabulary, said: "Our commitment to education and enforcement in these areas both through targeted patrols, partnership initiatives and through the Safety Camera Partnerships remains a high priority not just during our days of action but as part of our daily roles."

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