Cam­paign push

The Oban Times - - Districts -

AS READ­ERS will know, we have been cam­paign­ing hard for most of this year for improved safety on the A85.

If ever this ur­gent need was ev­i­dent, it was thrown into the sharpest re­lief last week when there was a se­ri­ous ac­ci­dent at Ach­na­cloich, fol­lowed by an­other near Kil­more and then a third at Con­nel bridge.

All we have asked for is eas­ily done and is three-fold: dou­ble white lines be­tween Oban and Con­nel, a re­duc­tion in the speed limit to 50mph on that stretch and the cre­ation of a proper lay-by at Pen­ny­fuir ceme­tery to al­low for the safe drop- off and pick-up of peo­ple vis­it­ing graves.

The view has been put for­ward that the road it­self is not in­her­ently un­safe but that ac­ci­dents are caused by bad driv­ing.

That may be so but – and it is es­pe­cially man­i­fest dur­ing the tourist sea­son – stop­ping dan­ger­ous over­tak­ing ma­noeu­vres is the sin­gle most ef­fec­tive way to pre­vent the car­nage con­tin­u­ing.

Yes, some driv­ers will con­tinue to be id­iots but most will ad­here to the lower speed limit if it is clearly dis­played, and most un­der­stand that dou­ble white lines are not to be crossed.

None of the driv­ers in­volved in the trio of in­ci­dents last week was killed, though one has suf­fered mul­ti­ple in­juries (and I wish him a full recovery). How­ever, it was only down to sheer good for­tune that no- one died.

The op­tion of do­ing noth­ing is not ac­cept­able.

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