Road safety

The primary aim of the Road Safety Unit is to reduce both accident numbers and severity on Aberdeenshire’s road network. Our road safety team is committed to making roads a safer place for road and footpath users including cyclists and pedestrians. On this page you can find out more about road safety:

View road safety information on the Transport Scotland website including Strategic Road Safety PlanAdditional information and news are also posted by Road Safety North East Scotland on Twitter.

Casualty reduction

We continue to work hard to reduce the number of casualties occurring on our roads. We do that through proactive route risk assessments, road realignments, sign reviews and development of specific routes for use by cyclists and pedestrians. The number of casualties on north east roads has been significantly reduced since its worse in 1976 (102 fatalities which is almost 2 deaths a week). Aberdeenshire accounts for around 5% of Scotland’s population yet it currently accounts for around 11% of fatalities across Scotland, however it must be noted that we do have over 10% of Scotland's road network.

To reach our vision of zero road fatalities across Aberdeenshire we work in partnership with other organisations and north east local authorities on the North East Scotland Road Casualty Reduction Strategy.

The strategy aims to achieve the national road casualty reduction targets contained within Scotland’s Road Safety Framework to 2020. The framework identified 3 priority all councils areas we need to focus on:

  • Speed
  • Age
  • Vulnerable road users

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Roads maintenance

Our roads workers risk their lives daily in carrying out maintenance activities and litter picking. Please slow down when approaching any road works. You can view a list of all roads works and restrictions across Aberdeenshire and the type of maintenance activities.

Historically from June to October each year we carry out surface dressing across Aberdeenshire. Surface dressing is one of the fastest and economical ways of sealing road cracks and improving grip. However, it leaves loose chippings for several days whilst they are properly embedded into the carriageway by passing traffic. It is important to adhere to the speed limits when traffic restrictions as the chippings can be torn out by high speed movements. Unfortunately, despite sweeping, these chips can collect in the less used portion of the carriageway for some time and cause hazard to motorists, particularly motorcyclists, so please drive accordingly. 

Pedestrians

We aim to get more people making active travel choices for short everyday journeys wherever possible, to both improve physical and mental health, as well as the environment.  

There has been little improvement in the numbers of pedestrian casualties over the last few years. Our records show that the majority are found to occur in built-up areas within 30mph limits and are because of failing to look properly, so please be vigilant.

Cyclists

We actively promote the national standard for cycle training through Bikeability, the cycle training programme. These activities aim to improve cyclists of all ages control and abilities. We also try and focus on making cycling fun and safe whilst having respect and consideration for others.

Find out more about our cycling initiatives.

Transport Scotland advises that traffic accounts for less than 1% of all traffic, it has seen an increase across Scotland of 30% since 2006. The council and Transport Scotland are committed to increasing opportunities for cycling both for everyday travel and for leisure. It is a healthy, reliable, flexible and cheap form of transport, with low carbon emissions and Aberdeenshire has many opportunities both on and off-road. However, in Aberdeenshire:

  • around 86% of cycling accidents occur in daylight
  • the most common reason for cyclist injuries is ‘failing to look properly’

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Motorcyclists

Although the number of motorcyclists killed or seriously injured on Britain’s roads has fallen substantially over the last few decades, motorcyclists are still 38 times more likely to be killed in a road traffic accident than car occupants per mile travelled.

Across Aberdeenshire our records over the last few years show that:

  • almost 50% of all accidents occur on 60mph roads
  • over 50% of all accidents involving a manoeuvre are at right hand turns
  • around 70% of all accidents involve motorcycles over 500cc
  • those most at risk are in the 41 to 55 age group with around 42% of all recorded casualties

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