Twelve drivers have been dealt with by Irvine police for alleged road traffic offences including driving without insurance, using a mobile phone while driving and speeding.

From Friday, December 8 to Monday, December 11 Locality Policing Officers on patrol in the town have focused on areas of concern including drivers using mobile phones while driving in the town centre and speeding in Castlepark.

On the morning of Tuesday, December 12 local officers joined colleagues from the Roads Policing Department to engage with drivers using the A71.

More than 80 vehicles were stopped with three fixed penalty notices issued for alleged offences including a driver failing to wear a seatbelt and others driving without a valid MOT test certificate.

Sergeant Jason Peter said: “In our consultation with local groups and individuals road safety is often highlighted as an issue of local concern.

“We are committed to tackling these issues and will work with our partners and communities to do so.

“These patrols also led to a man allegedly being found in possession of drugs while in Caldon Road and the subsequent seizure of over £3,000 cash under proceeds of crime legislation.

“This week we have seen a severe drop in temperatures as winter makes its presence felt - as part of the national winter road safety campaign we have been engaging with drivers to offer advice in relation to minor vehicle defects.

“I am pleased to report that all drivers undertaking a road side breath test during this operation have passed. We won’t become complacent though and will take every opportunity to ensure both drivers and their vehicles are fit for the road. Remember - the only safe amount of alcohol to drink before driving is none.”

Anyone with concerns about crime in their community is encouraged to contact Police Scotland by calling 101 (in an emergency always dial 999).