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.