Police hail cut in Argyll and Bute road casualties

Six people were taken to hospital following the crash. Picture: Craig Borland
Six people were taken to hospital following the crash. Picture: Craig Borland

The number of road traffic casualties in Argyll and Bute has dropped by 18.6 per cent in the third quarter of the year, according to Police Scotland statistics.

The national service’s latest management information figures also show speeding offences decreased by 3.8 per cent on the same period last year, while the number of drivers caught not wearing a seatbelt or using their mobile phone fell by 33 per cent and 12 per cent respectively.

The road crash figures, presented to Argyll and Bute Council as part of quarterly management figures for the April 2014 to December 2014 period, also reveal the number of domestic abuse incidents recorded has decreased by 17.8 per cent.

Motor vehicle crime has gone down by 9.9 per cent, while the number of housebreaking incidents has decreased by 3 per cent, and the number of anti-social behaviour incidents reported has fallen by 5.8% compared to the same period last year.

Divisional Commander Chief Superintendent Helen Swann said: “I am very pleased with these results and they demonstrate the hard work and commitment of our officers to keeping the people of Argyll and Bute safe.

“I am particularly encouraged by the drop in the number of domestic abuse incidents recorded. Police Scotland will not tolerate domestic abuse in any form and we have been working within the community to support victims and target offenders. We will continue with our approach as well as looking at new ways to tackle this problem.

“Road safety is a top priority for us and we will continue to focus on reducing the number of road traffic casualties. One person killed or injured on our roads is one too many. Our aim is not only to target offenders but to proactively engage with drivers to remind them of key safety messages, prevent offences from happening in the first place, and encourage good driver behaviour.

“Although there are many positives to report here, we are by no means complacent and there are still areas where we want to improve.

“However I hope people in Argyll and Bute will welcome the improvements we have made so far and our promise to continue working with partners and the community to deliver a service tailored to the local area which addresses local issues and keeps people safe.”

* Meanwhile, Police Scotland has announced that the consultation period on plans to merge day-to-day operations in Argyll, Bute and West Dunbartonshire with those in Renfrewshire and Inverclyde is to be extended.

The decision was taken after concerns were raised about the impact of the proposal on local policing.

Assistant Chief Constable Nelson Telfer said: “Our extensive consultation has taken many forms, including participation in public meetings, discussions with community planning partners, focus groups and very useful feedback from many local elected representatives. I would like to take this opportunity to thank everyone who has engaged with us.

“Having reached the end of that consultation phase, the majority of feedback supports the early assessment that the proposals present an opportunity to strengthen local policing in these areas. However, a small number of specific local issues were highlighted during the engagement process, which continue to cause concern to some.”