Raising awareness of vulnerable road users

EQUESTRIAN ROAD RAGE - A DRIVER SHOWS HIS IMPATIENCE ON A COUNTRY ROAD.

EQUESTRIAN ROAD RAGE - A DRIVER SHOWS HIS IMPATIENCE ON A COUNTRY ROAD.

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An initiative focusing on improving the safety and awareness of vulnerable road users is currently taking place throughout Angus.

The campaign, part of Police Scotland’s commitment to making Scotland’s roads safer, will cover vulnerable road users, including pedal cyclists, pedestrians, horse riders and motorcyclists.

With the arrival of the summer months, the number of road users increases, with walkers, bikers or horse riders taking advantage of the longer days and better weather.

Although Key Reported Road Casualties Scotland 2012 show that car and pedestrian casualties have decreased, the number of motorcycle and pedal cycle casualties have increased.

Pedestrian and pedal cycle fatalities have also increased.

All road users are asked to ensure that they are properly prepared and equipped for whatever activity they plan, including maintenance checks on vehicles and suitable hi-visibility clothing and helmets where appropriate.

To reinforce this message officers will be patrolling roads and carrying out road checks for the duration of the initiative.

They will be taking every opportunity to talk with road users to give advice and, where appropriate, enforce legislation with a particular emphasis on the dangers faced by more vulnerable road users.

Inspector Tracey Robinson, from the Divisional Road Policing Unit, explained how the campaign aims to educate all of the area’s road users.

She said: “This campaign focuses on educating everyone about the vulnerability of such groups, but all road users have a responsibility to ensure they are doing everything possible to keep themselves safe.

“If you are unsure of the legislation which applies to your chosen activity suitable advice and guidance can be found in the Highway Code which is available online.

“I would ask anyone who has any information relating to the irresponsible use of vehicles on the roads to contact Police Scotland on the non-emergency number 101 or Crimestoppers on 0800 555111”

For more information on how you can improve your driver behaviour, visit the following websites:-

www.scotland.police.uk, www.dontriskit.info and www.aroundthecorner.org.uk.