NORTH EAST DIVISION Police have issued a renewed appeal to road users as the sun shines and more take to the roads to enjoy longer and hopefully warmer days.
Pointing to the 19 deaths on North East roads in the month of June between 2011 and 2015 – and 121 people who suffered serious injuries, six of them children, police are asking motorists to take particular care this month.
June statistics over the years also reveal 328 people suffered minor injuries in Moray, Aberdeen and Aberdeenshire.
Jon Barron, who is the road policing inspector for Police Scotland’s North East Division, said: “While I would hope that everyone uses the road responsibly throughout the year, I am making a particular plea at this time to all road users; drivers, riders, passengers and pedestrians, to play their part in making June a casualty free month.
“Motorcyclists, pedal cyclists and pedestrians are often described as being vulnerable road users. The simple truth is when we use the roads, we are all vulnerable.
“Please during the month of June and beyond, do what you can to make sure no-one else has to receive the worst possible news of the death of a loved one. Please play your part to ensure no-one suffers serious, or life-changing, injuries.
“Far too many families will already remember June for all the wrong reasons. None of us want there to be any more heartache.
“Let’s all build on the work that has been achieved to date with the positive reduction in the number of casualties and use the month of June as an example of how we can all work together to use the roads more safely, for all our sakes, in the coming months.”