Police launch new traffic campaign

Sergeant Rob Warnock, Road Policing Unit, Aberdeenshire & Moray Division; Aberdeenshire Council Leader, Jim Gifford (Mid Formartine); David Rout, Local Senior Officer for Aberdeenshire and Moray, Scottish Fire and Rescue Service; Superintendent George MacDonald, Aberdeenshire & Moray Division; Aberdeenshire Councillor Norman Smith (Central Buchan Ward); Aberdeenshire Councillor Martin Kitts-Hayes (Inverurie & District).
Sergeant Rob Warnock, Road Policing Unit, Aberdeenshire & Moray Division; Aberdeenshire Council Leader, Jim Gifford (Mid Formartine); David Rout, Local Senior Officer for Aberdeenshire and Moray, Scottish Fire and Rescue Service; Superintendent George MacDonald, Aberdeenshire & Moray Division; Aberdeenshire Councillor Norman Smith (Central Buchan Ward); Aberdeenshire Councillor Martin Kitts-Hayes (Inverurie & District).
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Police Scotland have recently launched a new traffic campaign warning drivers of the risks associated with road collisions in Aberdeenshire and Moray.

Operation CEDAR (Challenge, Educate, Detect and Reduce) coincides with figures released from the Division, which show an increase in the number of fatalities on the area’s roads over the last year.

However figures also showed a 6% reduction in the number of Serious Injury Collisions and Slight Injury Collisions (21.5% decrease).

Trends over the last ten years demonstrate that fatalities and injuries have decreased significantly, however Aberdeenshire and Moray Superintendent, George MacDonald, has expressed concern at the level of fatalities in the local area.

He said: “Over the last twelve months, the most recurrent factor for fatal collisions on the region’s roads has been excessive or inappropriate speed for the road conditions and driver error, which accounts for 14 incidents in total.

“Over a number of years we have made significant progress linked to certain themes of driver behaviour or contributing factors for injury and harm on our roads - drink driving being one - where we are socially more comfortable to challenge drivers, pick up the phone and report concerns.”

Poor driving standards, health issues and declining ability to drive due to, for example, eyesight and medication will also be focussed on.