Police charge 11 in road safety blitz

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A POLICE blitz on motorists has netted a haul of drivers who have been charged with breaching traffic laws.

Lothian and Borders Police say its a reminder that if drivers choose to break the law, they will be caught.

Sergeant Brian Jones of the roads policing department at Hawick said: “Over the past week, officers across the Borders division have been carrying out patrols of town centres and rural roads. These patrols have led to 11 people being charged with various road traffic offences.”

These include a 15-year-old boy from Hawick who faces allegations of taking a vehicle without the consent of the owner and driving without a licence or insurance.

A 21-year-old man from Hawick is said to have provided a drink-drive reading that was three times the legal limit. A driver from Hull provided a similar reading after being found sleeping in his vehicle.

Police seized a vehicle from a 32-year-old man from Duns who did not have a driving licence and a 39-year-old man from Blyth was captured allegedly doing 104 miles and hour on the A697 at Greenlaw.

Sergeant Jones commented: “Local police are committed to making the roads within the Borders as safe as we can. It is very discouraging that despite repeated messages to motorists, some continue to ignore them and drive at excessive speed, under the influence of alcohol or drugs, use a mobile phone while driving, not wearing a seatbelt, or not properly securing children.

“They are not only putting their own lives at risk, but are also risking the lives of other road users.

“This is yet another reminder to motorists that me and my colleagues will be out patrolling our roads. Be assured, if people choose to ignore our messages, they will get caught”.