Police Scotland will face some “issues” in detecting speeding drivers on the new Aberdeen bypass, according to a top officer.
The force is gearing up for the opening of the new multi-million-pound route – which will bring both practical benefits and challenges.
Chief Inspector Murray Main made the comments while addressing councillors at the Kincardine and Mearns area committee at Viewmount in Stonehaven.
The Local Area Commander for Aberdeenshire South was providing councillors with the yearly crime figures for Kincardine and Mearns at yesterday’s meeting.
He told councillors he was “confident” police would be ready for the new route and potential speeders.
Around 10 drivers were stopped last month as part of dedicated patrols on the new stretch of road.
During the meeting, North Kincardine councillor Colin Pike questioned Chief Insp Main regarding how the Aberdeen Western Peripheral Route will affect Police Scotland.
Mr Pike said: “The AWPR is a complete unknown, but what ability and challenges will this route present?”
Chief Insp Main replied: “We have been planning the police response to the route for some time.
“It is a new road for the north-east and we have been speaking with our road policing colleagues on this project to make sure that we are ready for this.
“It will help us operationally to be able to transfer staff from, say, Inverurie to Stonehaven, and allows us to spread our resources a bit more easily.
“It will be a busy network and I don’t think I’m going off script to say we will have intermittent issues in speed detection.”
The chief inspector said police would also work with the camera unit to look at potential “at-risk areas” throughout the new route.
It comes after a man was caught last month speeding at 96mph on the new section of the AWPR between Blackdog and Dyce.
He was tracked as part of dedicated patrols taken by Police Scotland on the new route since the 7km stretch opened at the end of June. The Balmedie to Tipperty section of the new route also opened last month.
Chief Insp Main added: “Members may be aware of speeding on the route highlighted in the press.
“We are confident by working with our partners that we would be able to respond to these type of calls on the road.”
Meanwhile, councillors also heard from police about annual crime figures for Kincardine and Mearns.
They included the increase of common assaults from 175 for the period April 2016 to March 2017 to 201 for the period April 2017 to March 2018.
Housebreakings and shopliftings both decreased.