Rise in serious injuries on roads

A significant increase in the number of people killed or seriously injured on the region’s roads has been reported by the area’s police commander.

Chief Supt Gill Imery told a meeting of the council’s police, fire and rescue and safer communities board that between April and the end of June, 31 people have been killed or seriously injured (KSI), up from 20 during the same period of 2013/14.

Chief Supt Imery reported: “Following a very successful year in 2013/14, it has been a particularly challenging and disappointing start to the current year. There has been a rise of 11 KSIs, with one accident alone accounting for five of these.

“Analytical work is carried out to establish any trends or ‘hot spots’, with the only trend identified being the high volume of motorcyclists, 14, that are involved in these figures.”

She added: “The prolonged period of good weather and attractive Borders roads has seen a large increase in motor and pedal cyclists this year.

“The Borders benefits from additional motorcyclist support to patrol popular routes over the summer months and a targeted patrol matrix is in place for road policing officers on identified routes in an effort to reduce the number of accidents.”