Country roads police campaign started this morning

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TAYSIDE Police is taking part in a national road safety campaign to enhance drivers awareness of hazards on country roads.

Throughout the campaign, which runs from 7 a.m. today (Tuesday) until 7 a.m. on Friday, May 11, officers throughout the force will continue to provide education, enforcement and awareness of the types of hazards on country roads and also the road safety implications of failing to wear a seatbelt.

Other offences that impinge on road safety, including speeding and those that cause distraction including the use of mobile phones will also be targeted.

Country roads are generally roads outwith urban areas which have a speed limit, for a car/motorcycle greater than 50 miles per hour. Nearly 66 per cent of all fatal or serious road traffic collisions occur on these types of roads.

Chief Inspector Sandy Bowman, head of road policing, said: “As the better weather comes to Tayside, vulnerable motoring groups will be taking to the roads again such as motorcyclists, horse riders, agricultural vehicles, etc.

“These are the type of groups that use country roads for the majority of their time on roads. It is important for all motorists to be aware of such hazards on these roads such as slow moving vehicles, mud on the road, hidden junctions, narrow lanes, etc.

“Ask yourself “do you know what is around the next corner?”, “can you stop in the distance that you can see to be clear?” When using country roads these are all questions you should be asking yourself.”

He continued: “Tayside has some of the most scenic and well maintained roads in Scotland which brings a large number of tourists to our region that may not be familiar with the road they are on. It is quite plausible that these motorists, being unaware of the roads may carry out sudden manoeuvres without looking because they are looking for something, such as a tourist attraction or their hotel. Be aware of vehicles carrying out unexpected turns in the road ahead and be prepared to stop if need be.

“This time of year traditionally sees an increase in the number of drivers and motorcyclists using our roads. Although the majority drive/ride responsibility, a small minority do not and this is the group which we will be dealing with robustly.

“We will also be actively dealing with any incidents of inappropriate use of vehicles, making full use of the powers given under Anti-Social Behaviour (Scotland) Act 2004 to warn drivers and seize vehicles when appropriate.

“With the increase in hazards, this increases the potential of being involved in a collision. A seatbelt can save your life, which has been shown time and time again. I would urge everyone to where a seatbelt when in a vehicle ask you to ensure all other occupants, particularly children and belted up, you may regret it if you don’t.”

Chief Inspector Bowman concluded: “I would urge anyone who has information about motorists behaving irresponsibility to contact Tayside Police on 0300 111 2222 or pass the information anonymously to Crimestoppers on 0800 555 111.”