Police target drivers on rural roads

Pic Greg Macvean, 14/03/2012, Justice Secretary Kenny MacAskill visits Bernard Hunter scrap yard on Gilmerton Road and speaks to Chief Superintendent Ellie Bird (British Transport Police) and Chief Superintendent Derek Robertson
Pic Greg Macvean, 14/03/2012, Justice Secretary Kenny MacAskill visits Bernard Hunter scrap yard on Gilmerton Road and speaks to Chief Superintendent Ellie Bird (British Transport Police) and Chief Superintendent Derek Robertson

FOR the last few days, police forces across Scotland have been turning their attention to making Scotland’s country roads, including a number of routes in Berwickshire, safer by targeting motorists who drive dangerously, carelessly or over the speed limit.

This comes in the same week a Northumberland man was due to appear at Duns Sheriff Court, charged with driving at 104mph on the A697 Cafraemill-Greenlaw road earlier this year.

As part of the awareness campaign, which ends today, officers have also been focusing on the use of seat belts to highlight the dangers for drivers and passengers who are not using them.

The ‘Days of Action’ are co-ordinated by the Association of Chief Police Officers in Scotland (ACPOS) and form part of the ongoing National Campaign Strategy by ACPOS focused on reducing the number of casualties on our roads.

In 2010, 133 out of the 189 fatal road accidents in Scotland (over 70%) happened on ‘non built up roads’ generally with a speed limit greater than 40mph.

A contributory factor for a significant proportion of these road deaths was one of the following: exceeding the speed limit; not driving appropriately for road conditions and drivers and passengers not wearing seat belts.

Chief Superintendent Derek Robertson from Lothian and Borders Police who is the ACPOS lead on Casualty Reduction said: “These casualty statistics remind us of the tragic loss of life on our roads, which is unacceptable and we need to remain focused on improving road safety in Scotland. Previous days of action have shown that far too many road users are willing to ignore speed limits and this blatant disregard for safety is worrying”.

“During this campaign the eight Scottish Police Forces have used marked and unmarked police vehicles to carry out static speed checks at identified hotspots. We have targeted road users who continue to break the law and thus endanger the safety of all road users”

“Scotland has some of the most scenic routes in Europe and I expect our country roads to be particularly busy as the spring weather arrives. Drivers and riders are asked to enjoy the scenery but exercise due care and attention when doing so.”