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Motoring in Grampian: Most A98 drivers going below speed limit


By Hazel Lawson Local Democracy Reporter

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Study has looked at driver speeds on the A98.
Study has looked at driver speeds on the A98.

Results of an investigation into road accidents on a section of the A98 have proved inconclusive.

Over the last decade there have been 33 incidents involving people being injured or killed between Fochabers and Cullen.

However it's been found that the number is too low to infer any discernible pattern.

Councillors raised concerns both about traffic speeds and the number of collisions at a meeting in September last year.

Readings from a permanent traffic counter at Arradoul have shown average speeds are lower than the 50mph limit.

Vehicles heading east averaged 46.9mph, with the figure for those going west at 48.5mph.

Results from the investigation will now go before councillors at a meeting of the economic development and infrastructure committee on Tuesday.

Members will also be asked to approve a new draft road safety plan.

The document focuses on reducing accidents on rural roads, ongoing education of road users and improving cycle and footpaths.

It also recognises the role of good road maintenance in preventing accidents.


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