Driver clocked at 90mph on Edinburgh City Bypass as police reveal list of 'astonishing' Scottish offences over Easter weekend

A man has been charged after being clocked speeding at 90mph on the Edinburgh City Bypass over the Easter weekend.

By Jamie McKenzie
Friday, 17th April 2020, 11:59 am
Updated Friday, 17th April 2020, 12:00 pm

Police said the 35-year-old was speeding at 90mph in a 70mph limit, and at 80mph and 70mph in a 50mph limit at points along the A720 road.

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Three men and three women have also been charged after being detected driving at speeds between 61mph and 71mph in a 40mph limit on the A90 road at Cramond, on the morning of April 14th.

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Police Scotland reported and charged several people in connection with speeding and drink/drug driving offences.

Other incidents in Scotland

Details of the incidents emerged today as police across Scotland revealed 16 people were caught for drink or drug driving offences (eight of each), while 10 people were detected for “high level” speeding offences, between April 10th and 14th.

These drink and drug driving figures have been classed as high level incidents dealt with by road policing officers and should not be read as the total across Scotland for the Easter weekend.

Other notable incidents across Scotland include:

A 23-year-old man has been reported in connection with dangerous driving after being detected travelling at 70mph in a 40mph limit and in excess of 100mph in a 60mph limit on the A96 near Forres, Moray, on April 10th. A 56-year-old man has been charged in connection with drink driving after being observed by officers driving in an erratic manner in Kirkcaldy on April 10th. He was found to be four times over the alcohol limit. A 25-year-old man has been reported after being detected at 118mph on the M8 near Chapelhall on April 10th. A 28-year-old woman detected at more than three times the alcohol limit on the A9 near Halkirk, Caithness on April 11th. On April 11th, a 21-year-old man in Inverness was arrested in connection with alleged drug driving after failing a roadside drug test and had his vehicle seized due to having no insurance. Enquiries are ongoing. A 19-year-old man involved in a collision in Wick on April 12th was found to be over three times the alcohol limit. A 29-year-old man has been reported in connection with dangerous driving after being detected in excess of 130mph on the A90 between Peterhead and Ellon on April 12th. A 34-year-old man was charged after being stopped on April 12th on the A9 near to the A824 Auchterarder and arrested after failing a roadside drug test. A 26-year-old woman has been charged with road traffic offences including drink driving, failing to stop and report a collision, no insurance and careless driving following a crash in Alness during the early hours of April 13th.

Superintendent Simon Bradshaw, from the Road Policing Division, said: “Drink or drug driving is never acceptable and it is astonishing to see people behave so recklessly, particularly when we all need to be doing our bit to stay at home to protect the NHS and save lives.

“Officers remain on patrol on the road network and in local communities to deal with illegal driving behaviour in order to keep people safe. While the roads may be quieter as the majority of people stay at home, there still remains the potential for unexpected changes to road conditions, such as the presence of pedestrians or deer and other wildlife. Nobody can predict what is around the corner and speeding or driving under the influence of alcohol or drugs significantly increases your chances of being involved in a crash.

“The consequences of speeding or drink or drug driving can be fatal and it simply is not worth the risk. Now, more than ever, we urge motorists to drive safely and legally and to pay heed to government guidance on staying at home.”