19/05/11 20:28 Filed in: Granite Chips
The news that ‘retexturing’ of accidents black spots in Aberdeenshire has reduced accidents by 100% is welcome, but not surprising. Read More...
12/08/09 09:10 Filed in: Granite Chips
Something seems to be going badly wrong with road safety in the North East of Scotland. While nationally in Scotland and the UK the numbers of deaths and serious injuries is at its lowest for 50 years, we seem to be seeing a spate of accidents in this area. Read More...
16/06/09 15:18 Filed in: Granite Chips
The Transport Minister has launched a new ten-year road safety framework for Scotland, which sets what are claimed to be the ‘toughest’ targets in the UK for for reduction of injuries and fatalities. Read More...
26/10/07 10:45 Filed in: Granite Chips
The Royal Society for the Prevention of Accidents (RoSPA) is urging people to take special care following the changing of the clocks early on Sunday morning. Indeed RoSPA goes further and is calling for the Government to keep the clocks one hour forward. RoSPA claim this would save 450 lives and serious injuries each year. Read More...
01/09/07 10:39 Filed in: Granite Chips
An expert group that will advise the government on road safety issues was announced yesterday by Transport Minister Stewart Stevenson. Read More...
15/12/06 11:52 Filed in: Granite Chips
With road fatalities now topping 61 this year in the North East, there should be growing concern not just from the public but also from the authorities charged with looking after our roads.
Last night, on the commute home I happened to be the car immediately behind a fortunately minor collision but which could easily have been much more serious.
In the absence of proper roads round Aberdeen (roll on the Aberdeen Western Peripheral Route - 20 years late is better than not at all) we were travelling on a minor route from the Westhill area across to Blackburn. In front was "white van man" driving his vehicle in a manner that only someone who wants to get home from work can.
Despite being in a modern, four wheel drive vehicle and driving reasonably quickly there was no way I could keep up with the determined white van driver.
The inevitable happened. At a 90 degree left hand bend, the white van lost its grip on the road surface and slid into a car coming the other way.
The driver's fault? Of course. He was not driving within the capabilities of the vehicle and the road conditions.
But, if our authorities provided us with roads fit for purpose it would help. That includes the AWPR, but it also means improving other busy roads and it most certainly means resurfacing roads. Over years, inevitably, the passage of thousands of car tyres polishes off the stones that give road surfaces their grip. Resurfacing the road used to be carried out regularly, to ensure that grippy surface was maintained.
Now, resurfacing is a rarity. And that despite road users handing the authorities £36 billion in taxes every year.