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Police Scotland crackdown in the Highlands snares driver doing 119mph in Ross-shire

By Philip Murray

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RECKLESS motorists have been warned they will not be tolerated, after officers snared drivers doing speeds of up to 119mph on Highland roads this week.

Officers have been cracking down on drivers breaking the speed limit as part of its Operation Cedar initiative - Challenger, Educate, Detect and Reduce - which aims to educate motorists about their driving and reduce casualties on our roads.

Three men were charged with dangerous driving after being spotted speeding at various Highland routes. A 58-year-old was seen doing 119mph on the B817 near Alness, a 25-year-old was caught at 114mph on the A9 at Arpafeelie on the Black Isle, and a 21-year-old was snared doing 46mph in a 20mph limit in Inverness’s Old Edinburgh Road.

Elsewhere, two men, aged 26 and 27 were arrested for suspected drug driving offences on the A9 in Helmsdale and in Conon Bridge.

While a 39-year-old man was charged over claims he was driving a lorry dangerously on the A82 between Corran Ferry and Fort William.

Inspector Donnie Mackinnon from the Road Policing Unit based in Dingwall said: “These notable detections give considerable cause for concern and highlight there are some who continue to take risks and place themselves and others in danger.

“Our message is clear, this behaviour will not be tolerated and we will continue to carry out enforcement to make our roads safer across the Highland and Islands.

“It is vital that as a driver, you consider the consequences of your actions and the impact they will have on you, your family, other road users and your community.

“If you have information or concerns about anyone who may be drink or drug driving, please call us on 101. Information from the public can help take dangerous drivers off the road and also helps us to identify areas where we may need to increase proactive patrols.”

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