Week of action to highlight safety of vulnerable road users

Published 31 October 2017
Road policing officers in the Highlands and Islands will be carrying out work this week aimed at highlighting the safety of vulnerable road users such as pedestrians and cyclists. This is part of a national Police Scotland initiative and will involve advice being given to these groups - as well as drivers, whose behaviour can increase the risk to vulnerable road users. Officers from the Road Policing Unit in Dingwall started this week of activity with the first use in the Highlands of an innovative new initiative aimed at improving cycle safety. Operation Close Pass was introduced in Edinburgh earlier this year and was brought to Inverness city centre  on Saturday with a demonstration in partnership with HITRANS. The initiative involves the use of a specially designed mat which shows how much space a person on a bicycle should be given when being overtaken by a motor vehicle Sergeant Donnie Mackinnon said: "Cyclists are considered vulnerable road users it is important that drivers recognise the importance of giving them space on the roads. "We were pleased with the response and will be carrying out further awareness events using Operation Close Pass in the Highlands. We will also take enforcement action where it is needed. "With the darker nights and bad weather of winter starting to take hold, it is important that everyone is aware of the risks associated with using our roads, whether you use them as a motorist or any other mode of transport. "Pedestrians and cyclists have the same rights to use the roads as drivers and it is important for all groups to follow good practice to prevent collisions and keep people safe on our roads. "I would encourage all road users to take responsibility for their own safety and the safety of others and to travel responsibly."

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