Road safety campaign launched early
POLICE have launched a road safety campaign three weeks earlier than the rest of the country after new figures show an increase in the number of people who have been killed and seriously injured on roads in Argyll and Bute.
This week, Argyll and Bute Road Safety Group launched a four-week local rural roads safety initiative in advance of a national campaign which is due to take place between September 5 and 11.
The A83, A82, A85 and the A816 will be among roads patrolled by safety group partners including Police Scotland, Scottish Fire and Rescue Service and the council Road Safety Unit.
Chief Inspector Marlene Baillie, Area Commander for Mid Argyll, Kintyre, Oban, Lorn and the Islands said: ‘This [increase] causes real concern and the group is working hard to try to prevent such accidents occurring.
‘As part of our response we will be engaging in a number of activities in an effort to influence driver behaviour and keep our roads safe.
‘There will be an increased police presence at priority locations with officers using speed detecting equipment, patrolling in unmarked vehicles and engaging with drivers to give road safety advice.
‘There will also be young driver events, biker first aid training and car seat safety initiatives.
‘However, there is also a responsibility on road users to ensure their own safety by not engaging in dangerous driving activity such as speeding, mobile phone usage or overtaking without safe clearance.’