Campaign to reduce road accidents

Police have launched a nationwide campaign to lower the number of accidents on country roads in Scotland.

The new initiative, the Country Roads Weekend, will see officers from all eight of Scotland's forces carrying out high-visibility patrols on rural roads, where 70% of fatal crashes take place.

Motorcyclists and young drivers, who are the most likely to drive too fast for the road conditions, will be the main targets for the traffic police.

The number of road casualties are falling, a police spokesman said, "but when you look closely at the statistics for young drivers and motorcyclists in their 30s and 40s, the numbers killed and injured are going up."

Superintendent Niven Rennie, head of road policing at Strathclyde Police, said: "Country roads can be particularly challenging to young and inexperienced drivers. Many are unaware of the dangers they can face when driving on these routes.

"Throughout this weekend, we will be targeting rural areas that we know have problems with speeding and we will also be looking at prominent crash sites."

The Association of Chief Police Officers in Scotland (Acpos) has organised the Country Road Weekend campaign.

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