Five-year road safety plan launched by councils

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A JOINT Road Safety Plan to reduce casualties among key road users has been launched by three local authorities in Grampian.

The plan, the first of its kind, is available online at www.aberdeenshire.gov.uk/jointroadsafetyplan and has been developed by Aberdeenshire, Aberdeen City and Moray Council’s who share common experiences in terms of road accidents.

The authorities have also had close working relations on road safety campaigns over recent years and have produced the Joint Road Safety Strategy for North East Scotland.

Grampian’s Road Safety Champion, Councillor Ron McKail said: “Road safety affects everyone in Aberdeen City, Aberdeenshire and Moray. We all use the roads to get around. In order to deliver on the actions identified in the road safety plan, we must remember that road safety is everyone’s responsibility and we must all work together to make our roads safer for everyone.

“Through delivery of our strategies over the next five years, we will strive to meaningfully contribute to the national targets and monitor our own individual performance at a local level too.”

In 2010 the number of people who were killed and seriously injured has reduced by 10% compared with 2009 and slight injury casualties fallen by 22% compared with 2009. A key factor behind the plan is the partnership approach to activity and the councils will continue to work closely with other road safety partners such as Grampian Fire and Rescue Service, Grampian Police, the North East Safety Camera Partnership (NESCAMP), Transport Scotland and Road Safety Scotland.