Stay Alive on A85

The Oban Times - - Front Page -

A THREE- CAR crash on the A85 close to the Half­way House fill­ing sta­tion has starkly il­lus­trated the ur­gent need for bet­ter safety on the road.

A THREE-CAR col­li­sion on the A85 near the Half­way House Fill­ing Sta­tion on Satur­day af­ter­noon (May 20) has starkly high­lighted the need for en­hanced safety mea­sures on the road be­tween Oban and Con­nel, a cam­paign sup­porter said this week.

A man in­volved in the in­ci­dent has been charged with care­less driv­ing and a re­port has been sent to the procu­ra­tor fis­cal.

While not re­fer­ring to this case, Bill Milne from Con­nel, who saw the ac­ci­dent, said: ‘ High­light­ing the prob­lems on the road through the Stay Alive on the A85 cam­paign, along with a con­certed cam­paign by Oban po­lice has started to change driver behaviour. I am sure that peo­ple are driv­ing more care­fully and con­sid­er­ably.

‘But ac­ci­dents are still go­ing to hap­pen. There are def­i­nite im­prove­ments that should be made to the road. Of­ten when one car over­takes be­fore the cor­ner at the Half­way House the driver is obliv­i­ous to the on­com­ing traf­fic due to the tight bend.

‘Peo­ple who live here think there is plenty of time to over­take, while oth­ers think the A85 is a coun­try road and that we all drive slowly for the fun of it.

‘The ac­ci­dent on Satur­day was point­less. Over­tak­ing on that sec­tion of the road gets you nowhere.’

Next week: The Oban Times sends a let­ter to the trans­port min­is­ter.

Email edi­tor@oban­times.co.uk with your sto­ries.

The pe­ti­tion closes on June 28. Sign it be­low or on­line at www. oban­times.co.uk/stay­alive85.

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