Road crash woman makes plea for ‘keep left’ signs

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A WOMAN in­jured in a crash on Skye has started a cam­paign call­ing for more signs and mark­ings on roads to re­mind vis­i­tors to the isle to “keep left”.

Sharon Anslow said she tried to avoid a car on the wrong side of the road while driv­ing to work in Portree.

Since the ac­ci­dent, other peo­ple have told her of sim­i­lar in­ci­dents.

About 2,000 peo­ple have signed her Keep Left pe­ti­tion and it has the sup­port of Skye, Lochaber and Bade­noch MSP Kate Forbes.

Ms Anslow was freed from the wreck­age of her car by fire­fight­ers fol­low­ing the ac­ci­dent, which hap­pened on De­cem­ber 29.

She suf­fered bruis­ing and a sprained an­kle.

Ms Anslow said her pe­ti­tion aims to make the roads on Skye safer for both vis­i­tors and is­lan­ders.

“Ac­ci­dents can hap­pen from just a mo­men­tary lapse of con­cen­tra­tion and driv­ers can be dis­tracted by the beau­ti­ful scenery,” she said.

“More and clearer signs and road mark­ings could help re­mind peo­ple to keep left.”

A High­land Coun­cil spokes­woman said: “Any­one wish­ing to pe­ti­tion the coun­cil should fol­low the coun­cil’s pe­ti­tions pro­ce­dure.”

A spokesman for Trans­port Scot­land, which is re­spon­si­ble for the trunk road net­work on Skye, said: “Along­side ac­ci­dent clus­ters, we also look at ac­ci­dent pat­terns and rates in the form of route ac­ci­dent re­duc­tion plans. This en­sures full con­sid­er­a­tion is given to ac­ci­dents that may be spread along a cor­ri­dor.

“Fur­ther in­ves­ti­ga­tions are car­ried out and, where ap­pro­pri­ate, mit­i­ga­tion mea­sures are pri­ori­tised and de­liv­ered.”

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