Road safety police in Scotland have been transferred to other duties leading to fears of an increase in the number of crashes and accidents in the country. All eight of Scotland’s police forces had designated officers who dealt with unlawful motorists and targeted at risk road users such as cyclists. However, Police Scotland requested that the responsibility should fall to local authorities and that these officers be moved to other areas of the force. This has led to fears for road safety in Scotland and it is believed that the number of crashes will increase without proper monitoring. Living Streets Scotland campaigns for the safety of pedestrians and has shown concern for the loss of road policing which helps to prevent injuries and mortality caused by serious road accidents. Concern has also been shown due to the appointment of under-prepared local authorities to take on the role and many have voiced their disappointment with Police Scotland. However, Police Scotland state that there are still 14 road policing units playing an active role in road safety.
Potential road traffic hazards
Road safety police provide a much-needed service to the public by providing education and monitoring potential hazardous drivers in the community. Unfortunately, not everyone drives safely on the road so the potential for an accident to occur without adequate monitoring may increase. Risks may include:
- Drivers under the influence of alcohol or drugs
- Speeding drivers
- Tired drivers
- Road rage and congestion
- Adverse weather conditions
- Roadworks or diversions
If you are injured in a road traffic accident, either as a pedestrian or as a motorist, you may be able to claim for compensation if the accident was someone else’s fault. Accident Advice Helpline can assist you with this.
How we can help
Road traffic accident injuries can be severe and can lead to future health problems. Injuries such as whiplash can be long-term and head injuries can result in a long stay in hospital. If you have been in a road traffic accident as a pedestrian, as a motorist or as a passenger, you may be able to claim for compensation if another driver or pedestrian was at fault. Just call our free 24-hour helpline to obtain no-obligation advice regarding your accident or injury and we will take you step by step through the process of claiming compensation from the party at fault. Our no win, no fee* policy means you do not have to pay upfront to pursue your claim.
Date Published: July 12, 2014
Author: David Brown