Published: 14/08/2012 13:19 - Updated: 14/08/2012 13:23

Police crackdown on uninsured drivers in the strath

Northern Constabulary start their latest road safety campaign today
Northern Constabulary start their latest road safety campaign today

Uninsured and unlicensed drivers are being targeted in a three day campaign from today in Badenoch and Strathspey.

Northern Constabulary, along with police forces across Scotland, will be taking part in the crackdown being co-ordinated by the Association of Chief Police Officers in Scotland.

The campaign runs until Thursday 16 August, and is the aimed at removing irresponsible and potentially dangerous drivers and vehicles from Scotland’s roads.

During a similar campaign in April, earlier this year, police detected a total of 207 driving offences, 146 in relation to uninsured drivers and 61 for driving licence offences, as well as seizing 84 vehicles for consideration of forfeiture by the courts.

Chief Superintendent Ralph Noble, of Northern Constabulary, said: "This second campaign, tackling uninsured and unlicensed drivers, highlights the fact that detecting those who flout laws designed to keep unsafe and hazardous drivers and vehicles off the roads, remains a priority for Scotland’s police.

"Drivers should be aware that with a simple roadside check of the Police National Computer and the Motor Insurance Database (MID) officers can establish if the driver holds a valid licence and if a current insurance policy exists.

"If not, they face being charged and reported, or arrested if found to be a disqualified driver, but also the prospect of having their vehicles seized at the roadside."

Mr Dean Smith is from the Motor Insurers’ Bureau (MIB), the body that compensates innocent victims of uninsured and untraced accidents.

He said: "We are pleased to support ACPOS and police forces across the country in reducing uninsured driving in the UK. Operations such as these are proof of the important role that the MID has to play in identifying uninsured vehicles.

"With an estimated 1.2 million uninsured drivers on our roads, there is still much work to be done, and police enforcement is playing a vital part in bringing this number down."

Statistics show that in the UK, uninsured drivers are responsible for around 160 fatalities and 26,500 injuries to road users every year.

The estimated annual cost to the economy is £400 million, which includes every legitimate and law abiding motorist having to pay around an extra £30 per annum on to their car insurance premium.

• If you want to check your vehicle insurance record is on the MID visit the free service at www.askMID.com.

If your registration number is not on the database, contact your insurance provider immediately to get the information updated.

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