Big rise in seatbelt offences detected

Almost double the number of drivers and passengers were caught in the Borders for not wearing seatbelts in 2013/14 than the previous period.

The provisional police performance figures were presented to the council last week by area commander Chief Inspector Andy Clark.

Over 460 people were dealt with for such offences in 2013/14, which Chief Insp Clark said would hopefully have a “positive impact” on the number of people killed or seriously injured on local roads.

The provisional statistics show a 50 per cent fall in the number of people killed, down to four. There was also a fall in the number of people sustaining serious injuries in crashes.

Chief Insp Clark also reported that the detection rate locally, almost 58 per cent, is six per cent above the Police Scotland average.

He added that the detection rate for domestic abuse offences rose to 85 per cent last year, and for sexual offences climbed to 77 per cent.

The number of incidents of anti-social behaviour is expected to have fallen by 12 per cent when final figures are produced.

A 66 per cent fall in detections for supplying drugs has been attributed to the comparison with 2012/13, when a major operation led to a significant number of arrests.