With road safety across Scotland on the agenda this week it is high time that we look at our local concerns – namely the A92 between Arbroath and Montrose.
I recently lodged a Freedom of Information request with Angus Council to establish the facts on accidents locally and the results make for alarming reading.
Despite a recent £2 million project on road realignment we have still seen 16 accidents – including last month’s tragic fatal crash – over the past two years.
I know that Angus Council has undertaken additional safety work, but there is clearly more to be done to make this relatively short stretch of road safe to travel on.
But at a time when local authority budgets are under pressure from the SNP in Edinburgh, it is important for residents to make it clear to their representatives that road safety is a key priority.
I have been contacted by constituents across Angus highlighting their concerns over accidents and now it is time for the council to look again at how we prevent these terrible accidents.
Of course, the local authority have a huge number of commitments for their funding – but it cannot be right that more than a dozen crashes have taken place over just 10 miles of road in two years.
I hope that with the new council administration now having their feet under the table, and having demonstrated their willingness to listen to local concerns over recycling centres, they will get to grips with improving road safety as a priority.
I think most of us would agree that one death on our roads is one too many and needs to be addressed with the urgency it deserves.