McInnes backs Road Safety Week

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Liberal Democrat MSP Alison McInnes has urged North-east people to take part in this year’s national Road Safety Week by slowing down when driving.

Road Safety Week is a national awareness initiative run by the charity Brake and takes place between Monday, November 19 and Sunday, November 25. It focuss on the theme ‘Slower speeds = happy people’.

Mrs McInnes said: “The week aims to raise awareness of the importance of making it safer for people to walk and cycle in their own community. Drivers will be encouraged to slow down to 20mph around schools, homes and shops.”

The event also aims to appeal to government to provide more funding for local authorities to introduce 20mph limits and other measures to protect people on foot and bicycle.

Mrs McInnes commented: “Our councils have done a great deal in this regard with Twenty’s Plenty zones. It does save lives.”

Speaking of the recent Safe Drive Stay Alive event, she added: “This is a shocking and disturbing event for many pupils – and indeed adults – as victims tell their stories. The aim is to make young people think seriously about the dangers of driving.

“In Grampian over the past five years, 162 people have been killed in 145 collisions and 51 of those killed were in the 17-25 age group. Everyone has a responsibility to drive home the message that speed and a moment’s carelessness can kill.”

Further information can be found at http://www.roadsafetyweek.org.uk/index.php?/road-safety-resources.html. A free action pack is available, plus guidance and tips.