Police focus on Grangemouth accident blackspot

There has been a series of accidents at the Earlsgate Roundabout
There has been a series of accidents at the Earlsgate Roundabout

Traffic cops will target drivers in a bid to cut down on collisions on a busy main road.

A high volume of rear end shunts occur in Glensburgh Road, Grangemouth, where there is often queueing traffic at peak times as motorists wait to enter the Earlsgate Roundabout.

Now police will attempt to tackle the problem by reducing the amount of speeding and inappropriate driving at the location.

This was just one of a range of measures unveiled by the force in a report to the Joint Police Board on road traffic accidents and injuries.

Statistics showed that in the nine months to the end of 2011 there were six fatal casualties, one more than during the same period in the previous year. Serious injuries numbered 94, three less than in 2010, while there were 472 people slightly injured, eight more than the previous year.

No children were killed, although there were seven seriously injured and 50 slightly hurt, compared to seven and 41 in 2010.

Acting Assistant Chief Constable Allan Moffat told the board: “In the last 10 years, the number of casualties is down by 23 per cent with the number of fatalities down from 23 to nine.

“This is very positive and it is important to reflect on the joint working by traffic officers, community officers, the safety camera partnership, local authorities and road safety officers. We also have to bear in mind that the traffic volume has increased dramatically during this time.”