North East road safety partners launch ‘Be Bright at Night’ campaign

Lucy Johnston 2021, News

Partners from Road Safety North East Scotland (RSNES) and Getabout have launched a new campaign to encourage people to dress brightly when travelling in reduced daylight over the darker months. The ‘Be Bright at Night’ campaign encourages those out walking, cycling, or exercising to wear something light-coloured, bright, fluorescent, or reflective. The reduced visibility, coupled with more pedestrians visiting the city centre for festive activities, means that the number of pedestrian road safety collisions are at their highest during this period, increasing in November and staying heightened over December and January. Chair of Nestrans, Councillor Sandra Macdonald said, “A lot of sportswear and children’s school bags come with reflective strips these days but in winter it can …

Operation Close Pass launched in North East

Lucy Johnston 2018, News

An initiative to highlight the safety of cyclists has been launched in the North East. Operation Close Pass was originally introduced in Edinburgh in 2017, and sees drivers who pass an unmarked police cyclist too closely being stopped and given advice. A specially designed mat is used for this which shows how much space a pedal cyclist should be given when being overtaken by a motor vehicle. Road Policing Sergeant Peter Henderson explains: “Cyclists are considered vulnerable road users so it is important that drivers recognise the importance of giving …

Road safety group’s provisional figures show north east road deaths at forty year low

Lucy Johnston 2018, News

The number of people fatally injured on north east roads is at its lowest level since current records began in 1974, provisional road casualty data shows. The figures have been highlighted by Road Safety North East Scotland (RSNES), a partnership of public bodies promoting safe road use locally. Provisional statistics reveal that during 2017, 14 people died as a result of their involvement in a road traffic collision in the combined local authority areas of Aberdeen, Aberdeenshire and Moray. Records show the highest number of casualties was in 1976, when …

New online presence for north east road safety partners

Lucy Johnston 2017

Road safety partners across the north east of Scotland will promote safety advice and information from a new Twitter account. Road Safety North East Scotland (RSNES) will share information relevant to the local authority areas managed by Aberdeen City Council, Aberdeenshire Council and Moray Council. The partners are drawn from the organisations jointly delivering the North East Scotland Road Casualty Reduction Strategy. In addition to the three councils, RSNES includes: Nestrans, NHS Grampian, the North Safety Camera Unit, Police Scotland and the Scottish Fire and Rescue Service. The intention is …