Road safety cam­paign launched early

The Oban Times - - News -

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.’

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