28th September 2016
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Police crackdown on speeding motorists as new school term begins

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A motorist has been charged with dangerous driving after being caught driving at 72mph in a 40mph limit near the Sound School.

In the past week the police have been carrying out speed checks, particularly near schools, with the beginning of the new school term.

These checks have resulted in eleven drivers being charged with speeding offences during the past week.

Chief Inspector Lindsay Tulloch said: “This is an example of dangerous driving in a built up area when visibility was reduced due to fog.

“Dangerous driving such as this can lead to serious injury or death on our roads. Officers will be on the roads throughout Shetland so motorists need to be aware of their speed.

“On the spot fines of three penalty points and £100 will be issued to those caught speeding or a report to the procurator fiscal in Lerwick.

“Speeding can lead to disqualification and has a significant impact on the cost of annual insurance premiums.”

4 comments

  1. Steven Jarmson

    If the police want to catch speeders, I’m not talking 72 mph, I’m talking 120 mph on the Fladabister Straight, all through Quarff and along to Brindister, add in some utterly wreckless and suicidal over taking on the blind corner at Nort’ Heights, then the police would be well advised to visit the Cunningsburgh and Quarff areas between 6 am and 7 am Monday to Thursday.
    For some reason, the lunatics come out on Friday mornings!!

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    • Steven Jarmson

      That should say, for some reason the lunatics DON’T come out on Fridays.
      Sorry for my error.

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  2. Haydn Gear

    A series of speed humps should slow down the most brainless of speeding drivers.If driving at 72mph is thought to be acceptable, let them damage their cars rather than put the lives of people at risk. There’s nothing like hitting the pockets of nut cases who might have to shell out cash to have their vehicles repaired. They’d soon learn and people could breathe easy again. If you commit a crime you should expect to be punished for it, no ifs, no buts.

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  3. Haydn Gear

    And furthermore, if some idiots are really doing 120mph on the Fladabister Straight a speed camera arrangement could register the car number plates and heavy fines or the crushing of cars could follow. It’s no good just sending letters to the Shetland Times——–actions speak louder than words and it seems to me that enough words have been spoken and written. So do something that’s effective.

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