Call for roads to be made safer

An independent road safety organisation has called for measures to improve safety on Scotland's roads after eight people died in crashes over the weekend.

Better junctions and opportunities for overtaking could help reduce the number of fatalities, the IAM Motoring Trust said.

There were also calls for the A9 Perth to Inverness road to be made a dual carriageway after one of the crashes claimed the lives of four people, including a toddler.

Neil Greig, director of the IAM Motoring Trust said: "It is very worrying when eight people are killed in one weekend. We need to do more, particularly on the design of roads in rural areas, which are so unforgiving."

He said different layouts for roads like the A9 could be considered and suggested a three-lane system used in Norway and Sweden, comprised of a dual carriageway and a single lane.

"The key issue with this is that they are separated by a barrier which helps prevent head-on collisions," he added. "It does seem that while drivers must have a strong sense of responsibility, we can actually build better-designed roads.

"The problem we have in Scotland is that we wait for an accident to happen and then investigate."

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