Road users throughout the north east of Scotland have been reminded of the need to keep safe on the region’s roads following a number of serious and fatal road traffic collisions.
With darker nights and mornings, falling temperatures, low sun, an increase in wet road surfaces and debris on the road such as wet leaves, drivers are reminded of the need to slow down and allow extra time to complete their journeys.
Inspector Ewan Innes from the Aberdeenshire and Moray Road Policing Unit said
Over the past few weeks we have unfortunately experienced a number of collisions that have resulted in fatalities and serious injuries. While each collison has its own set of circumstances, some of which are still being investigated, I would urge all road users to think carefully about their own safety and the safety of others before and while making any journey on the roads.
Allow more time for your journey, ensure your vehicle is roadworthy and drive at a speed which is appropriate for the weather conditions. Be aware of other vulnerable road users such as motorcyclists, pedal cyclists and pedestrians and give them plenty of room. Similarly, if you are a vulnerable road user, ensure that you take all necessary precautions to protect your own safety by wearing high visibility clothing and ensuring that lights are clean and in good working order.
Through Operation CEDAR (Challenge, Educate, Detect and Reduce) Road Policing and Divisional Officers throughout Aberdeenshire and Moray will continue to focus our patrols on those roads which we know have a high collision history and will make every effort to detect and report the minority of motorists who continue to drive in a manner that puts the lives of others and themselves at risk.