A SENIOR police officer is urging drivers to cut their speed on the roads as a crackdown was launched.
Police officers will be targeting speeding motorists and others driving inappropriately.
The day of action today (Wednesday) by the Association of Chief Police Officers in Scotland (ACPOS) includes uninsured drivers and those using mobile phones.
Superintendent Denise Mulvaney said that there is a clear and established link between speeding and crashes which cause death or serious injury.
Superintendent Mulvaney said: "There are many ways in which drivers can put themselves and other roads users at risk - speeding, failing to obey traffic signals and signs and using a vehicle which is just not fit for the road."
She added: "We know that almost 115,000 speeding offences were recorded in Scotland in 2010-11 which represents over a third of all motor vehicle offences. Speeding is dangerous, costly and unacceptable.
"In every case of speeding or inappropriate driving, offenders are potentially putting their lives and the lives of others at risk - this is unacceptable. Speeding carries a minimum penalty of a £60 fine and three penalty points on your driving licence.
"In extreme cases the driver may be convicted of dangerous driving, lose their licence for at least 12 months and may be ordered to re-sit the driving test."