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Police Report

Safe Driving
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.
Country roads
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 consequences.
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.

Pensioners
Another group causing concern is the elderly. In recent years, a significant number of pensioners have been killed after being knocked down.
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.

Young Drivers
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.


New 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:
james.thomson3@scotland.pnn.police.uk
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


Local Community Officers
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:
graham.ogilvie@scotland.pnn.police.uk
sadie.allan@scotland.pnn.police.uk
douglas.stapleton@Scotland.pnn.police.uk
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.