A new dedicated road policing unit for Argyll and Bute started work on Wednesday.
The new Argyll and Bute Divisional Roads Policing Unit, which will operate across the area from bases in Campbeltown, Dunoon and Oban, comprises two sergeants and 12 constables, managed by Inspector Adam McKenzie.
Argyll and Bute MSP Michael Russell said: “The new Roads Policing Unit for Argyll and Bute is great news for the constituency.
“The occurrence of fatal accidents on local roads has caused great concern to many local communities. The new unit’s operations will bring reassurance to many and improve road safety across Argyll and Bute.
“Road policing is the top priority for Police Scotland in Argyll and Bute and I am delighted that together with the support of the Roads Policing Trunk Group, based at Fort William and Glasgow, progress is being made.”