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The Oban Times - - Letters -

T his week Dun­beg Community Coun­cil launched its pe­ti­tion call­ing for dou­ble white lines and new speed lim­its to be ap­plied to the stretch of road be­tween Dun­beg and Oban.

In re­cent weeks there have been a num­ber of ac­ci­dents on that stretch of the A85, with two in­volv­ing mul­ti­ple cars tak­ing place this week. For­tu­nately, it seems, no- one was se­ri­ously in­jured.

While the community coun­cil is call­ing for these safety mea­sures, Oban po­lice say any changes will not have the de­sired ef­fect, as they be­lieve the ac­ci­dents are down to a lack of con­cen­tra­tion among driv­ers, many of them tourists com­ing to the area and not know­ing the road.

But surely over­tak­ing is an is­sue, with lo­cal driv­ers’ pa­tience wear­ing thin as they sit be­hind a tourist do­ing 35mph in a 60mph zone, of­ten tak­ing chances where it’s not safe to do so but the road mark­ings al­low?

And the community’s con­cern is not just for road users. With the better weather more peo­ple are us­ing the walk­way to the ceme­tery at Pen­ny­fuir, or us­ing the cy­cle path to walk out to Dun­beg, re­turn­ing to the town by the main road.

Surely a few white lines and a con­sid­ered re­duc­tion in the speed limit is not go­ing to break the bank, but could put the brakes on peo­ple tak­ing a risk not only with their own lives, but with other driv­ers’ lives and pos­si­bly pedes­tri­ans?

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