According to a study released on Thursday, the condition of roads in the Scottish Borders is deteriorating faster than in other rural areas around Scotland.
The Borders are a stunning area of our country and cherished by day trippers to the many quaint villages, tourists and used as transport routes, particularly along many rural roads, such as the A68. The roads are therefore frequently used by all manner of vehicles, including motorcyclists, cyclists and lorry drivers. The news therefore that, according to a recent study, the condition of roads in the Scottish Borders is deteriorating at a faster rate than in other rural areas around Scotland is worrisome not only for the local community, but also for all road users passing through the region.
Police Scotland has been taking steps to reduce the risk of car accidents involving children and other vulnerable pedestrians as part of its Vulnerable Road Users Campaign.Importantly, officers have been targeting schools with a view to helping ensure that kids are alert, aware, engaged and informed at the beginning of the academic year, a time when, historically, there is a rise in the rate of road accidents involving children.
New research has revealed that child pedestrians in Scotland are two-and-a-half times more likely to suffer injury than adults.The study, which was carried out by the Glasgow Centre for Population Health, found that children from deprived areas were the group most at risk of suffering personal injury in a pedestrian accident; with the rate of injury three times higher than for those living in more well-off areas.
Leading road safety charity BRAKE has said that it is supporting a campaign calling for the introduction of presumed liability in car accident claims involving vulnerable road users.Under the proposals supported by BRAKE motorists involved in collisions with cyclists and pedestrians would automatically be presumed liable, with any such move having potentially profound implications for car accident compensation claims.
Rightly or wrongly, we're all accustomed, to some extent, to blaming our parents for some things, whether it is our inability to find a suitable life partner, our career choices or our emotional vulnerability.However, you can now add 'driving' and a predilection to car accidents to the list of things that parents are responsible for. This is because, according to a psychologist involved in the Kids in Car campaign, "children are automatically programmed to mimic the actions of people who are important to them. Unfortunately young developing children do not have the skills to distinguish between good or bad driving habits and will reflect this behaviour in later life".
Concern over serious car accidents caused by excessive speed means that Police Scotland is set to get tough with drivers who are caught driving above the speed limit, even in cases where drivers have only fractionally exceeded the legal limit.Following a concerted period of lobbying, Police Scotland now has the right to hand out formal warnings to motorists who are caught exceeding the speed limit by only a few miles per hour.
Newly-released figures from Transport Scotland reveal that two hundred people lost their lives to road accidents in Scotland last year.The number of fatalities, which rose from 172 in 2013, means that no comfort can be taken from the fact that the total number of RTA personal injuries fell by two percent, particularly as the number of road accident serious personal injuries also rose, up one percent to 1,694.
Although there are minor car accidents in Scotland every day, very few will ever make the news – perhaps only if they involve a celebrity or sports star; however, one road traffic incident made the news recently despite there being, as far as we know, no second vehicle or personal injury involved at all.