Rogue motorists are in the frame

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Police are determined to crack down on drivers who flout speed restrictions in Bearsden, and have handed out a string of warnings.

That was a key message to local residents at a roadshow staged jointly between police and the council, where traffic issues were again among key concerns.

Seven warnings and a ticket were handed out as efforts continue to ensure drivers obey the letter of the law. Other main concerns highlighted at the community protection event included the need to tackle persistent vehicle idlers, and in particular to stress the importance of switching engines off when waiting to collect children from schools.

Environmental health officers and community wardens, together with police officers, visited four Primary Schools to raise awareness of the effect of engine idling on air quality.

And the forthcoming pay and display scheme was another traffic-related issue dealt with at the roadshow – along with subjects ranging from dog fouling to food hygiene inspections.

Council leader Rhondda Geekie said: “So far, our roadshow has attracted a lot of attention and I’m pleased that people are talking to us.

“Working together we plan to tackle the issues that matter to local people to improve their environment and open spaces.”

Chief Inspector Craig Smith, Area Commander for East Dunbartonshire said: “I was again delighted with the number of local people who were able to find out more information about how the new co-production arrangement will have a positive impact to their community.

“This also proved to be a great opportunity for us to listen to the concerns of local residents where together we can focus on tackling these issues.”

The next meeting is tomorrow (Thursday, September 17), from 9am to 2pm, at the parking pays behind Kessington Hall.