Summer is just weeks away and most of us will be planning our getaways.
One option that is growing in popularity is on our doorstep.
The NC500 is not only becoming a popular destination for Scots, but also attracts tourists from all over the world.
However, as the route becomes a must-visit place, security becomes more and more important to the police.
Police officers have said they are “sad to see the increase in complaints of bad driving and speeding on the popular route”.
Police chiefs have now reported 25 speeding offenses to the Fiscal public prosecutor.
It is being insisted that residents and visitors heed this warning due to the recent enforcement crackdown.
Safety tips include:
- Maintain a speed that doesn’t affect your ability to make important decisions, even if it means going under the speed limit.
- Brake for blind peaks and hidden valleys, road signs should help you spot them in time.
- Many of these roads are single lane and can only accommodate one vehicle. “Overtaking Area” signs will direct you to designated areas where you can stop if you see another vehicle coming your way or if someone behind you wants to overtake.
- Give way to vehicles coming uphill. You may have to reverse until you reach a passing point to let the other vehicle pass.
- Be prepared for pedestrians, horse riders, cyclists, livestock or wild animals on the road – make sure you have enough time and space if you need to either veer off the road or pull into a passing location.
- Seat belts should be worn as they can make all the difference in the event of an accident.
- Prepare for anything, conditions and roads can change all the time – it’s always a good idea to take emergency supplies with you.
- No distractions – don’t use your phone or try to set your sat nav while behind the wheel.
Inspector Donnie Mackinnon of the Highlands and Islands Road Police Unit commented: “We recognize that the Highlands and Islands, and in particular the NC500 road network, is home to a large number of residents and visitors, and through Operation Cedar (challenge, educate, uncover and reduce ) have done this we are committed to tackling poor driving standards and reducing the number of casualties in the north of Scotland”.
“We deploy tagged and untagged car patrols and tagged motorcycle patrols along with our colleagues in the speed camera unit at various locations.
“I want to emphasize the importance of respecting other road users and the people who live in our communities, which can be achieved through considerate, safe and responsible driving.”
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