Cops warning to road users of winter dangers ahead

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Police Scotland has issued a warning to road users, including pedestrians, to be extra careful as winter begins to bite.

Police have made the warned the general public after the death of nine pedestrians and a pedal cyclist since the end of September.

Assistant chief constable Bernard Higgins, who is in charge of road safety for Police Scotland, said: “Every road death is fully investigated and all contributory factors examined, however there is no single common factor to all of these tragedies.

“Each death is one too many, and I can only imagine how devastating is must be for the families of those who have so tragically died.

“Recently, we have seen victims as young as six and up to 82 years of age and as the days get shorter and the possibility of wintry conditions approaches, I am urging all road users, whether motorist, cyclist or pedestrian to take extra care.”

ACC Higgins went on to stress the need for people to accept responsibility for their own safety.

He continued: “Where there is a pedestrian crossing, please use it and consider the clothing you are wearing — particularly when visibility is poor.

“Fluorescent materials are obviously the most effective in this respect.

“Drivers should remember that some pedestrians need longer to cross the road, so they should be patient and ensure it is clear.”