Bikers’ views to be sought as part of research into impact and effectiveness of road safety initiatives

Louise Calder 2019, News

As one of the most vulnerable groups of road users, safety campaigns often target motorcyclists, hoping to reduce death and serious injury levels. Now Robert Gordon University (RGU) is working with Road Safety North East Scotland (RSNES) to look at the impact they have actually had on bikers’ attitude and behaviour. As a group of road users, motorcyclists are over-represented in accident and fatality statistics in Scotland. Classed as vulnerable road users by the Scottish Government, Police Scotland and road safety partners, they are key targets in safety campaigns. Initiatives …

Road safety group urges road users to think about motorcyclists for “Safer September”

Lucy Johnston 2018, News

With autumn now here, Road Safety North East Scotland (RSNES) is urging all road users to think about motorcycle road safety, as the traditional riding season draws to a close. For many motorcyclists September is one of the final months when their machines will see regular use on the road – poorer weather and reduced daylight hours towards the end of the year means many motorcycles see limited use until spring returns. Statistics show September produced the highest monthly total of north east motorcycle casualties during the ten-year period between …

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 …

A90 average speed cameras are now live

Lucy Johnston 2017

Evidence across Scotland has shown the significant road safety benefits following the installation of average speed cameras (ASC).  This includes fewer people being killed or seriously injured, more reliable journey times and improved driver behaviour. Transport Minister, Humza Yousaf said: “I have confidence that the average speed system, which is now operational on the 51.5 mile stretch of the A90 between Dundee and Stonehaven, will help save lives. The evidence from other average speed systems across Scotland continues to demonstrate the various benefits these cameras will bring to drivers. “I …