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Motorists in D&G warned to be alert of 'vulnerable road users'

Police say more children will be using roads during the schools' summer holidays Credit: PA

Dumfries and Galloway are reminding motorists to remain aware of the increased amount of "vulnerable road users" over the summer.

Due to the start of school holidays, police say roads around the region may get busier with more people, especially children, opting to walk, cycle or even horseback during the summer.

I ask that drivers be mindful of how busy the roads network can be at this time of year with children off school on holiday and out and about on our roads, whether in town or in the countryside. 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. Parents and those who care for children and young people should have the relevant conversation with them 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.

– Police Scotland Roads Policing Inspector Campbell Moffat

Police campaign to protect vulnerable road users

A week long campaign to help protect vulnerable road users in Dumfries and Galloway is being launched.

Police Scotland is aiming to raise awareness of the risks associated with pedestrians, cyclists, horse riders and motorcyclists.

Rural roads are particularly busy at this time of the year with local festivities like the "Riding of the Marches" and country fairs.

The aim of the campaign is to:

  • To reduce the number of casualties resulting from road collisions and improve road user behaviour
  • To raise awareness and highlight the risks associated with vulnerable road users
  • To interact with vulnerable road users and drivers to raise awareness through education and enforcement
  • To enforce the core road traffic offences which contribute to road collision casualties

"Dumfries and Galloway is a very rural area with many roads running through our countryside.

"At this time of year, with the school holidays upon us and our galas and riding of the marches in full swing there will clearly be more cyclists, pedestrians and horse riders on our roads and we need to educate drivers, and vulnerable road users alike as to the dangers that can be faced when using our roads.

"Statistics sadly show that in 2011, of the 176 deaths on Scotland's roads, 83 of them fell into the category of a vulnerable road user."

– Inspector Neil Hewitson, Divisional Roads Policing Units