Road safety education continues with funding

Councillors have approved funding to ensure road safety education officers continue to provide a valuable service in Aberdeenshire.

As of last week the dedicated provision of local road safety education by the police will end.

Aberdeenshire Council’s Infrastructure Services Committee (ISC) heard recently that the council has stepped in to ensure the public sector continues to take a key role in this area and put in place two posts focussing on Transport Safety Education.

The remaining two Road Safety Officers at Police Scotland in Aberdeen transferred to these Aberdeenshire roles as of Tuesday, April 1.

Head of Transportation, Ewan Wallace, told the ISC: “These officers will be continuing to work across our communities and in our schools whilst looking to develop opportunities around transport safety with other stakeholders as well.”

ISC chairman Peter Argyle was happy the funding had been found and said: “Road safety education is something that’s essential, something we regard as a high priority.

Vice-chair, Peterhead councillor Alan Buchan said: “We know it’s important to provide people with all the facts and evidence available from the best of sources to help them stay safe when they travel anywhere.”