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Richard Lochhead

Moray SNP News

MORAY MP URGES ROAD SAFETY AWARENESS FOLLOWING REPORT PUBLICATION

01/07/2015  

Moray’s MP Angus Robertson is urging people to be aware of road safety in the region following the publication of a report showing Moray is in the top 10% of constituencies in the UK for Killed and Seriously Injured (KSI) statistics.

The report published by the Parliamentary Advisory Council for Road Safety (PACTS) in conjunction with Direct Line, shows that while Moray has a significantly lower than average accident rate the accidents that do occur are often at higher speeds with the regions extensive mileage of rural roads.

This is demonstrated with a much higher than average KSI accident rate.

Overall serious accidents have reduced in recent years but the local MP says ‘any road death is one too many’. With the Easter holidays approaching the MP is also highlighting the disproportionate number of motorcyclists who are killed or seriously injured on the regions road with them making up 20% of the total of KSI casualties.

Angus Robertson MP said:

“Sadly most people will know of someone who has been killed or seriously injured in a car accident.

“In recent years the work of the police and road safety campaigners, combined with safer vehicles has resulted in a big drop in fatal and serious road collisions but there are still too many such incidents and any road death is one too many.

“As the warmer weather approaches many motorcycle enthusiasts will also be heading out on Moray’s roads and while the majority are careful riders, motorcyclists still make up a disproportionately large number of those involved in serious accidents.

“I would urge people to think ahead on our roads, particularly in more challenging weather and on our rural roads which are busier from spring through to autumn and which present particular challenges.

“Combined with the ongoing efforts of the police we can make our roads safer still with good awareness and consideration of other road users.”

The statistical information compiled by PACTS and Direct Line can be found at: http://www.pacts.org.uk/dashboard/

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