Police in the Western Isles have acted on community concerns and have been carrying proactive road safety patrols in the Stornoway area.

Since mid-December two motorists have been charged with dangerous driving and a further three in relation to careless or inconsiderate driving.

In addition, three have been charged with driving without the necessary MOT, one with driving with an obscured windscreen and three with lighting defects on their vehicle.

Two motorists were issued with fixed penalty notices in relation to insurance offences - while two vehicles were seized with regards to insurance offences.

One motorist was issued with an anti-social behaviour notice in relation to their driving - while another had their vehicle seized following a second report of anti-social driving.

Where appropriate reports will be or have been submitted to the Procurator Fiscal.

Chief Inspector Ian Graham said: "Our communities regularly highlight road safety as a priority across the Western Isles and we are committed to proactive policing aimed at improving safety.

"This recent enforcement activity is a direct result of concerns raised by local residents and drivers.

"Our aim under Operation Cedar is to challenge drivers and improve behaviour on the roads through education and maintaining a visible presence on the roads.

"We are committed to working closely with our colleagues in the emergency services and Comhairle nan Eilean Siar to prevent incidents on the roads.

"We will continue to take enforcement action against anyone breaking the rules of the road - whether that is speeding, drink driving, using a mobile phone or any other offence.

"We work closely with our communities and would encourage anyone with local concerns to raise them, whether that is by making direct contact with Police Scotland or through a representative such as your local community council or residents association.

"Road safety is a priority for Police Scotland nationally and I am confident that the work we are doing locally in the Western Isles is influencing road user behaviour for the better and making our roads safer."

No insurance driver loses car
A man who risked driving without insurance yesterday (Wednesday January 30th) has found himself with no car and a police charge on his record.

The 33-year-old man was found to have been driving without insurance in Stornoway town centre at midday yesterday, and was charged by police.

His car was seized and he’s to be reported to the Procurator Fiscal.

He will have to pay to have his car returned after providing evidence that he has suitable insurance.