Road safety research project commences in North East Scotland

Lucy Johnston2023, News

A nationally-funded road safety research project is now underway in North East Scotland, with its key focus to identify the reasons behind the significant reduction in road traffic collisions and casualties during the ten-year-period 2011 to 2020. The three local authorities in North East Scotland – Aberdeen City, Aberdeenshire and Moray – have all experienced major reductions over this period, however, the relative contributions of various factors behind the falls remain unclear. Between 2011 to 2020, the three combined areas saw a 79% reduction in the number of reported injury …

New Driver Early Intervention Scheme

Lucy Johnston2022, News

Across North-east Scotland, young and new drivers predominantly in the 17 to 25 age-group, continue to feature prominently in local road casualty statistics. Although far fewer are being injured than was seen a decade ago, the issue remains an ongoing challenge for those organisations charged with reducing road casualties across the North-east. In March 2022, Police Scotland launched its New Driver Early Intervention Scheme (NDEIS) which seeks to engage with young and new drivers about road safety, openly discuss safe road use and ultimately consider a real-life example – in …

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

Lucy Johnston2021, 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 …

Covid-19 impacts on the numbers of north east road collisions and casualties

Lucy Johnston2021, News

News release on behalf of Road Safety North East Scotland The release of the latest edition of Transport Scotland’s Key Reported Road Casualties Scotland (KRRCS) publication, which provides provisional data on reported road casualties and collisions in local authority areas across Scotland, has shown the impact of Covid-19 on north east road safety performance during 2020. For much of the year (2020) Covid-related travel restrictions were in force which led to considerably fewer vehicles using the road. Transport Scotland has indicated that ‘car traffic levels dropped to around 25% of …

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

Lucy Johnston2019, 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 Johnston2018, 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 Johnston2018, 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 Johnston2017

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 Johnston2017

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 …