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MP reminds people to take care on the north-east's rural roads

By David Porter

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Banff and Buchan MP David Duguid has highlighted a report from the AA to remind people to take care on rural roads across the north-east.

The AA Charitable Trust looked at more than 70,000 young drivers between the ages of 17 and 24 who had been involved in crashes across the UK on country roads from 2013 to 2018.

Funded by the Road Safety Trust the AA study also includes locations of all fatal incidents, as well as those involving serious or slight injuries, complete with location.

It analysed the time and days of crashes and found the proportion of collisions on rural roads on Sundays is 24 per cent higher for younger drivers than it is for other ages of motorists.

Notable roads include the A947 which has a had a long history of incidents, while the Banff to Huntly road has also been noted as being one on which risk is higher for younger drivers.

All of the data produced in the research will be shared with local councils to help highlight routes and sections of roads which pose the greatest risk in order to help inform potential safety improvement work

MP David Duguid said: “This report by the AA Charitable Trust lays bare the dangers of rural roads.

“A quick look at the interactive map shows the striking number of accidents across Banff and Buchan.

“As restrictions are relaxed and as people start to travel further afield, I would like to remind everyone, and especially younger drivers to take care on rural roads and to be safe.”

The AA Study can be found at https://www.theaa.com/about-us/aa-charitable-trust

AA Interactive Map is online at https://agilysis.maps.arcgis.com/apps/webappviewer/index.html?id=f9839a5affe441d99804060e8803a409

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