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Driving is a risky affair, however as motorists, we often forget
that we are behind the wheel of a potentially deadly machine.
In a bid to reduce the number of lives lost on the country’s
roads, Police Scotland is issuing a safety message targeting vulnerable
groups, to raise awareness of the steps that people can take to
help avoid accidents.
Which poses the most danger – a quiet jaunt in the countryside
or a hectic journey on Scotland’s motorways? There is often
a perception that open roads are safer as the environment is less
busy. However, a recent survey revealed that two out of three motoring
deaths happen on country roads.
Main mistakes made while driving on rural roads:
• High speed overtaking
• Overtaking on bends
• Driving poorly on bends in general.
The dangers of driving at speed on country roads are often not fully
appreciated by the general motoring public. Overtaking in areas
of limited visibility and excessive speed on bends can have tragic
It is vital to be aware of the driving characteristics of your car
and adjust your driving to the conditions.
Drivers need to be 100% sure that any manoeuvres carried out - including
negotiating bends and overtaking - can be completed safely.
Another group causing concern is the elderly. In recent years, a
significant number of pensioners have been killed after being knocked
Road policing officers stress the importance of all pedestrians
taking care when crossing the roads - using pedestrian crossings
where they are available and never taking risks.
Drivers must be aware that older people may take longer to cross
the road and may not be able to judge vehicle approach speed accurately.
As such, drivers must be prepared to slow down or stop to allow
pedestrians to cross safely.
The Road Policing Department is keen to engage with young drivers,
to put across important safety messages in a positive way, while
letting them know the consequences of careless or risky driving.
They aim to encourage younger motorists to take charge and consider
the benefits of learning new skills.
Courses such as the Pass Plus scheme run by the Driving Standards
Agency provide additional training to young drivers, who may also
benefit in terms of discounts on insurance premiums on completion
of the scheme.
Our Driver Training Department section also offers some advice about
approaching and negotiating hazards.
Sergeant in Kinross
Hello to all,
My name is Sergeant James Thomson and firstly allow me to say how
delighted I am to be here in Kinross. I have 17 years Police Service
and come from a CID background, having worked in this environment
for the last nine years. I also have experience working within the
Public Protection Unit, protecting children and the most vulnerable
in our society. Having chosen to leave my former role as a Detective
Sergeant in Perth, I am keen to interact with members of the public,
businesses and other organisations in Kinross and the surrounding
area, identify areas where we can work together and continue to
strive to keep people safe. I firmly believe we can have success
working together and as you are our eyes and ears, I would like
to encourage you to contact me or any officer, in confidence if
you wish, anytime about any concerns you have.
I can be emailed direct at:
or contacted by telephone using 101.
Remember, if it is an emergency dial 999.
I look forward to speaking to you soon.
Sgt James Thomson
Kinross Police Office, Perth and Kinross LPA
Tayside Division, Police Scotland
Bridge of Earn & Abernethy: PC Graham Ogilvie
Kinross area: PC Sadie Allan
Kinross-shire landward: PC Dougie Stapleton
To contact the local community officers, telephone the police non-emergency
number 101 or email as follows:
Crime Stoppers – Telephone 0800 555 111
This telephone number is a free phone number (unless you are using
a mobile phone), which any member of the public can contact at any
time if you have information relating to a criminal activity of any
sort. It is, if you wish, confidential and you cannot be contacted
if you choose to remain anonymous.