Action plan to reduce death tally on north-east roads
Councillors have devised an action plan, designed to reduce the number of fatalities on some of the north-east’s most notorious roads.
Local authorities, representing Aberdeen City, Aberdeenshire and Moray, have joined forces in a bid to cut the number of traffic crashes around the region.
All speed limits will be reviewed under the scheme, more police patrols will be performed at problem spots and there will be a greater number of safety talks at schools.
Officers will also urge older drivers to be aware of the “potential loss of driving skills” which occur with the passing of time, and are aiming to introduce “car free zones” around schools by the end of the year.
The programme has 15 key elements, which the councils will individually explore by 2020.
An original version of the “road casualty reduction strategy” was launched in 2009, and those behind the scheme have claimed it has had some success.
But, with fatal car crashes more common in the north-east than in most other parts of Scotland, more stringent measures are now being introduced.
Elected representatives in Moray will study the document during a meeting tomorrow, after it highlighted the region as a “geographic area of concern”.
Moray suffered more fatalities during 2016 than in the six previous years, with six deaths occurring in that time.
The report states: “Of particular note is the fact that three of the fatalities were young drivers.”
A total of three people were killed in accidents in Aberdeen City in 2016, a reduction from five in 2015, and 17 people were killed in Aberdeenshire.
Meanwhile, 62 serious accidents were recorded in Aberdeen last year, 129 in Aberdeenshire and 35 in Moray.
Last summer, statistics revealed the north and north-east’s four main roads as the most treacherous in Scotland.
The A90 had an average of one serious or fatal accident every 10 days between 2013 and the end of 2015, while the A9 had one every 16 days.
The A96 Aberdeen-Inverness route experienced a major crash every 18 days over the same period, on average.
Earlier this month, Keith woman Angie Spalding was killed in a crash on the A96, about two miles west of the town.
Buckie councillor Gordon McDonald called for improvements along the B9016 Keith to Buckie road last October, after 14-year-old Neringa Narusyte died in a horror crash which also seriously injured her schoolmate, Nyah McKay.