to 2003 News Archive
Anti-social Driving Initiative Success
in Galloway have reported a high level of success in their
clamp down on street racers. A total of 98 drivers were reported
in the division during the month of October leading to
a favourable response from
the public in troubled areas.
those reported, 48 were in Stranraer and 22 in Newton Stewart.
Only eight were detected
in the Stewartry with a
further 20 being reported by the division-wide Mobile Support
the month-long crackdown, officers came across some alarming
cases of irresponsible driving.
driver was seen going so fast that the car took a corner
on two wheels and in
another case police caught
driving whilst watching an in-car television.
Jim Loy, who has co-ordinated the crackdown, said:
our best efforts, certain drivers had been unprepared
to heed warnings which had been previously administered.
driving is regarded as being unacceptable within our
communities and it was an inevitability that
we needed to take more drastic action.
enforcement phase of our campaign to address the public
been particularly successful. During the period
of our initiative there were a total of 98 drivers
reported for motoring offences which could be considered
what the police were up against, Sgt Loy continued:
vehicle was being driven so fast in once
case that it ended up going round a corner on two wheels.
driver lost control of his car by sending a text message
while driving and another was dangerously
distracted by watching an in-car television whilst driving."
the October initiative, police continued to gather reports
relating to offending
it was apparent
that many of the known offenders were
either lying low, or on a more positive note,
had reacted to
improved their driving style.
the police have gathered intelligence from either members
of the public or
their own observations
continue to address any local concerns
about the so-called racers.
initiative began in response to a public outcry over cars
unecessarily and other instances
of annoyance and danger being caused
for pedestrians and motorists alike.
town centre areas of Stranraer and Newton Stewart were
of the public have since been contacted by police and have
that a notable
improvement has been
evident in both towns.
Officers on patrol have also
commented that in general, drivers
hard way by being
initiative may be over but police are keen to keep the
like to remind any drivers
who consider becoming involved
in street racing or anti-social
driving that we will continue
to focus our attention
upon their behaviour.
because the initiative has concluded, we will not be ignoring
the concerns of the
public and our patrols will
continue to seek out
initiative was as much about education
as it was
enforcement. From now
on, enforcement will be
with individuals who
of our motoring laws."