The truth about speeding

ELEVEN motorists were caught for speeding offences in the Girvan area in the last month as part of a national crackdown on driver behaviour.

Girvan and district community council heard last week that police caught one motorcyclist at a speed of 126mph at Bennane Hill and an HGV driver using his phone while going round a roundabout.

Girvan’s local policing team told the meeting last week that there were 208 reported incidents in Girvan area over the last month, with 32 reports sent to the procurator fiscal and seven positive lines of enquiry in other cases.

There was one male arrested under charges of being concerned in supply of cannabis with a small cultivation as well and two people arrested for possession of cannabis.

During the last month the meeting heard that local offices had fined four drivers for speeding and warned eight more about their speed.

Sergeant McEwan said that some motorcyclist were doing ‘ridiculous’ speeds and that he was stumped as to how to educate them not to drive at high speeds.

He said: “We have had a lot of assistance from the traffic police particularly after the fatal accident at Ballantrae last month.

“There were some ridiculous speeds recorded by motorcyclists, one at Bannane Hill at 126mph.

“There were eleven drivers reported to the procurator fiscal, two for dangerous driving, one due to the speed alone.

“One HGV driver was on his phone while going round a roundabout and 16 fixed penalty notices issued for speeding.

“When we can get time to devote to enforcement action on the roads we are then catching people.

“Our other problem is trying to deter people, how do you stop them doing 100mph on a motorbike?”

Sergeant McEwan added that the force had a device in Barrhill monitoring the size and speeds of vehicles using the A714 road and he was due to receive information from that back over the next few weeks.

He added that the local force will be having joint working days with the local authority dog wardens in relation to enforcement action over dog fouling throughout the summer in the Carrick area.

There was also some discussion over traffic bollards being placed in Deans Place and motorists parking on pavements in the Girvan area.