Council’s concern over road safety police policy

Woodhill House. Copyright Colin Walker
Woodhill House. Copyright Colin Walker

Aberdeenshire Councillors have written to Police Scotland’s Chief Constable expressing concerns over road safety education.

Members on the council’s Infrastructure Services Committee contacted Chief Constable Stephen House after hearing that uniformed officers would be pulling out of safety initiatives.

Road safety education, including the ‘Safe Drive, Stay Alive’ initiative, is usually carried out by a combination of police, fire and council officials.

The formation of Police Scotland has lead to a reduction in the number of road safety officers, now just two for the entire North- east.

The police plan makes no provision for the continuation of road safety partnership working which took place with the former Grampian Police and future police involvement in Safe Drive Stay Alive is not clear.

£200,000 a year would be needed to provide a similar level of service by the authority.

Chairman of Aberdeenshire Council’s Infrastructure Services Committee, Peter Argyle, said: “It’s clear the Chief Constable’s Strategic Police Plan doesn’t include road safety education.

“His view is to put resources into enforcement and prosecution rather than education which is a view I don’t share. It is a worrying situation and one I hope we’ll get further reports