North East Fife Parliamentarians, Iain Smith MSP and Sir Menzies Campbell MP have today launched a new campaign to cut accidents or our roads in North East Fife. The Liberal Democrat campaign, which focuses on the rural nature of North East Fife’s roads aims to ensure that safety for all users is increased by tackling dangerous driving, speeding, the use of seat belts and using mobile phones whilst driving.
The Liberal Democrat campaign “Be Calm, Be Considerate and Be Correct” focuses on four key points:
1- Combating Speeding
2- Increased use of seat belts
3- No to Mobiles whilst driving
4- Greater consideration for all road users
Commenting on the campaign, North East Fife Liberal Democrat MP Sir Menzies Campbell said, “We have seen too many people killed or seriously injured on our roads in recent years. Our rural roads and the variety of road users from tractors and buses to bicycles and horses that use them, mean that drivers have to take particular care.”
Iain Smith MSP commented, “Speeding though our rural villages such as Ceres is of major concern and I have written to the Chief Constable of Fife Constabulary and the Head of Fife Council Transportation Services at ascertain what measures are in place to combat this. I have also written again to BEAR Scotland asking for an update on their Road Accident Reduction Plan with regard to the safety of the A92 through North East Fife”.
Mr Smith remarked on an official study showing that 1 in 10 motorists is failing to wear a seat belt and less than a quarter of Scots see driving at 80 mph in a 70mph zone as a serious offence by calling these statistics “extremely disappointing”.
“The message is simple: You are more likely to be involved in an accident if speeding or using a mobile phone, and more likely to be killed or seriously injured if not wearing a seat belt.” Iain Smith concluded.