Safety campaign launched to highlight single-track road danger

A REGIONAL MSP and long-time road safety campaigner will today launch a campaign aimed at increasing awareness of road safety on single-track roads throughout the Highlands and Moray.

David Stewart will launch the campaign with support from Tesco and VisitScotland. The campaign has is being led by the NOSDAT group – North of Scotland Driver Awareness Team – which the MSP set up.

The ‘Single Track Roads’ leaflet campaign gives educational advice to motorists on how best to drive on single carriageway roads. The front of the leaflet has a photograph of sheep and lambs on a Highland road with the text – ‘Be aware of your surroundings and other road users including pedestrians, cyclists, motorbikes, livestock & other vehicles’. On the rear are four Do’s and four Don’ts.

Tesco have funded the production of this leaflet and will distribute via their on-site filling stations. Visit Scotland will support through their i-Information centres.

David Stewart said: “Driving on our single-track roads can be challenging for locals, never mind those that are visiting our iconic area.

“With the huge impact of the NC500 which traverses across the North and West Highlands, I thought the time was right to provide an educational leaflet which will hopefully be helpful to those less used to driving on such roads. I would like to thank Tesco and Visit Scotland for supporting this initiative.”

Liz Sutherland, Community Champion for Tesco Extra added: “Tesco are delighted to be in a position to support NOSDAT in their efforts to make our roads safer across the Highlands & Islands. We hope that this educational leaflet will be of benefit to many drivers, particularly those who are visiting the area.”