Rumbles: road safety shouldn't be a postcode lottery


North East MSP and Scottish Liberal Democrat transport spokesman Mike Rumbles today said that there is a road safety postcode lottery as new figures revealed Aberdeenshire had the highest number of road deaths in Scotland last year.

Statistics published today by Transport Scotland showed 19 people were killed on Aberdeenshire’s roads in 2015. There were a further 154 serious casualties in the area.

Commenting, Mr Rumbles said:

“The nationwide fall in accidents and casualties is welcome and the decision to cut the drink drive limit was the correct one. However, it is clear that much more work remains to be done to ensure that motorists, cyclists and pedestrians can use our transport network safely.

“As a North East MSP the fact that Aberdeenshire still seems to have the most dangerous roads in the country is hugely concerning. There is a road safety postcode lottery.

“Road users should be made aware of the dangers and their responsibilities. But the Scottish Government also needs to tackle notorious blackspots and, after years of squeezing their budgets, give councils the support they need to address the fact that 40% of roads under their control need maintenance. Transport infrastructure could also be adapted to make it much safer, particularly for pedestrians and cyclists.”

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