Road safety officers to continue to provide service

Police Scotland.
Police Scotland.

Councillors have approved funding to ensure road safety education officers continue to provide a valuable service in Aberdeenshire.

As of last week (April 1) the dedicated provision of local road safety education by the police ended.

Aberdeenshire Council’s Infrastructure Services Committee (ISC) heard recently that the council has stepped in to ensure the public sector continues to take a key role in this area and put in place two posts focussing on Transport Safety Education.

The remaining two Road Safety Officers at Police Scotland in Aberdeen will transfer to these Aberdeenshire roles as of Tuesday, April 1.

ISC chairman Peter Argyle was happy the funding had been found and said: “Road safety education is something that’s essential, something we regard as a high priority.

“Police officer input to road safety education is a valuable element of the information and advice we give to young people but the specialist role that these road safety officers have provided is crucial and the action of the Council will see that continue.”

Vice chair Alan S. Buchan said: “We know it’s important to provide people with all the facts and evidence available from the best of sources to help them stay safe when they travel anywhere.”