POLICE CALL: Heed speed to help ensure road safety

Chief Inspector Damian Armstrong
Chief Inspector Damian Armstrong

Last Monday Police Scotland launched a week long campaign tackling speeding drivers.

As well as enforcing speed limits, local officers will take every opportunity to interact with road users, particularly those from vulnerable groups.

These include pedestrians, cyclists, horse riders and motorcyclists. Vulnerable road users accounted for nearly half of all road fatalities in 2014 and a significant number suffered injury.

Our officers are committed to making Falkirk’s roads safer but regularly tell me that road safety and speeding are issues of real concern for them.

That is why reducing road casualties and fatalities linked to speed remains a priority.

Forth Valley officers want people to realise the potentially devastating effects their driving can have on others and on communities.

Speed limits are there for a reason. However, drivers also need to drive according to the prevailing conditions.

This may actually mean driving at a speed that is considerably below the legal limit.

As the good weather returns more people use the roads, including tourists, visitors and members of the community.

Our officers will continue to enforce and educate on our roads to keep people safe.