The last week in January saw another spate of accidents on the A9. It’s our main highway connecting the central belt with the north east and Highlands making it one the most important roads in Scotland. It also undeniably one of the most dangerous. Every year too many people lose their lives on this road and although new safety measures are reducing this, the numbers are still too high.
I am smarter than you! In the next 10 years we may see driverless cars become a reality. Technology has arguably advanced more in the last 2 decades in the automobile industry than anywhere else. Only a generation ago there was no power steering, no ABS, and only very basic traffic light systems.
Following the serious road traffic accident involving a car and a bus on Aberdeen’s Union Street on 23 January 2017 and the collision between a bus and a van on North Deeside Road on 24 January 2017, we thought that many people might be unaware of their rights when they are involved in an accident as a passenger.
“I'll minimise the amount I drive, or not drive at all. I'll get about by walking, cycling or public transport as much as I can, for road safety, the environment and my health.”
We all know that our environment is suffering. We all try our best to do a little here and there; whether this be recycling our cardboard boxes or laying off of the deodorant. However, do the air-quality pollutant emissions from petrol, diesel and alternative-fuels ever spring into our heads before we take to the wheel to embark on our journeys?
“Secure” is one aspect of Brake’s six part pledge for Road Safety Week 2016.Brake are asking you to pledge that you will ensure that everyone in your vehicle is belted up on every journey and kids smaller than 150cm are in a proper child restraint. They’re also asking you to pledge that you choose a safe vehicle and ensure it is maintained. For those people who do not drive, your pledge is to belt up on every journey and make sure other people do likewise.
This week is Road Safety Week which was founded by the road safety charity, Brake, “to raise awareness about road safety and promote steps that everyone can take to stop … needless deaths and injuries year-round”.
This week is ROAD SAFETY WEEK. The annual event run by the UK’s leading road safety charity BRAKE. This year BRAKE are asking people to make a pledge that they will heed the advice of BRAKE on the 6 things that are the biggest factors in causing death and injury on the road.BRAKE has chosen to focus on these six elements Slow, Sober, Secure, Silent, Sharp and Sustainable.