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Teen caught driving over 100mph on dangerous north east road

The driver was caught on the A96 between Blackburn and Inverurie
The driver was caught on the A96 between Blackburn and Inverurie

A teenage motorist has been caught speeding at more than 100mph on one of the north-east’s most notorious roads.

The 19-year-old has been reported to the procurator fiscal after being clocked at 106mph on the A952 – which has been the scene of two fatal accidents in the past few months.

A 21-year-old man was also charged after being caught driving at 96mph on the same stretch of road.

Both men were snared in 60mph zones during a police crackdown.

And last night their behaviour was branded “outrageous, stupid and downright dangerous”.

The drivers were targeted as part of the ongoing Operation Cedar scheme, which encourages motorists to take more responsibility on the north-east’s roads.

Sergeant Rob Warnock, of the road policing unit, said: “The A952 has had a number of fatal and serious collisions over the last year.

“Driving at high speeds puts not only those responsible in danger, but other people’s lives at risk too.”

The A952 is part of the busy commuter route from Aberdeen to Fraserburgh via Mintlaw.

Last night, Sandy Allan, chairman of the Buchan Community Safety Group, said: “We have spent considerable time as a group targeting this age range of young drivers over the years trying to reduce the accident statistics.

“We thought we’d been winning.

“It’s about getting the message across that on a country road these speeds are completely unacceptable. You cannot drive like that, no matter what your experience or what car you have.”

And Councillor Brian Topping, chairman of the Fraserburgh Community Safety Group, said: “It’s absolutely outrageous. I’m quite sure there are people who go over the speed limit inadvertently, but that’s not even a little bit over.

“It’s totally outrageous for the person’s own safety and the safety of other road users. Anything could happen. A car could come out of an opening, or a tractor could come out of a field or farm.

“Words fail me, really. Speed limits are put there for a purpose.”

The community safety group’s vice-chairwoman, Mary Melville, said: “It’s absolutely stupid and downright dangerous.

“They’re asking for, at the least, a bad accident and they’d have to live with that for the rest of their lives.

There have been two fatal accidents on the A952 since the beginning of October and several other people have been seriously injured.

A 61-year-old man died after his grey Vauxhall Corsa was involved in a collision with a blue Ford Focus C-Max on October 3.

The crash happened at a series of bends near Clola.

And on December 8 a 22-year-old student was killed near Toll of Birness in an early morning crash.

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