Drivers who flout speed limits to be targeted this week
Drivers who flout speed limits, use mobile phones or choose not to wear their seatbelt are to be targeted this week by Police Scotland. The week-long campaign to promote safer driving runs from Monday (April 29th 2019) to the following Sunday (May 5th) and will be led by Road Policing Division, with support from the Safety Camera Units, deployed across the country. Police officers will be focussing on motorists driving at inappropriate speed which contributes significantly to serious and fatal injuries suffered by those people involved in road traffic collisions.
New stalking bill gives more support to victims when ‘at most vulnerable’
Legislation that would give police the power to apply for stalking protection orders (SPOs) on behalf of victims has been formally lodged with the Scottish Parliament. Legislation that would give police the power to apply for stalking protection orders (SPOs) on behalf of victims has been formally lodged with the Scottish Parliament. The proposals, being brought forward by SNP MSP Rona Mackay, would allow police to apply for the orders, saving victims from taking legal action when they are at their most vulnerable.
Police may obtain stalking orders on behalf of victims
Police could be handed the power to secure a stalking protection order for victims. A bill submitted by the SNP MSP Rona Mackay would allow police to make the application directly to a court. On Monday the Stalking Protection (Scotland) Bill was put out for public consultation for three months. Officers would be required to show evidence of stalking and provide an assessment that the individual is at risk. A rise in stalking offences since 2012 has led to calls for greater protection for victims. A survey by the Scottish government in 2017-18 found that 27 per cent of women aged between 16 and 24 had experienced at least one incident of stalking in the previous year.
Bus bosses join forces with police to tackle bad behaviour on board
Xplore Dundee has joined forces with Police Scotland and Dundee City Council’s anti-social behaviour team in a scheme designed to protect people from harassment and assault. Community wardens and police officers will be able to travel for free and will be encouraged to build relationships with drivers and travellers and nip any concerns in the bud. By providing reassurance and sharing information, it’s hoped all of the groups will be able to work together to stamp out low level crime and annoyances.