Police Scotland Roads Policing Inspector Campbell Moffat said this week that the start of the school summer holidays is a time to remember that there is a likelihood of more vulnerable road users being present on our roads.
This includes people out walking, cycling, or even on horseback, as the summer months usually sees an increase in people out and about using the roads across our countryside.
Inspector Moffat said: “I ask that drivers be mindful of how busy the roads network can be at this time of year with children off school on holidays and out and about on the roads, whether in town or in the countryside. Drivers must be careful of and considerate towards all types of road users, especially those requiring extra care. The roads in the region are there to be shared by all motorists, including older, learner and inexperienced drivers, as well as other vulnerable groups such as pedestrians, cyclists and horse riders. We all have a duty to help each other stay safe. Extra traffic brought about by those visiting, or passing through Dumfries and Galloway for their summer holidays only adds to the potential dangers, as does the increase in slow moving agricultural vehicles used at this time of year for harvest activities. I include parents and those who care for young children in this message and would ask that they have the relevant conversation with young people who use the roads about road safety in general. Reducing the number of casualties on our roads is a priority for Police Scotland, however we all need to work together to help achieve this goal.”