The Scottish Government has set out the Road Safety Framework for improving road safety in Scotland over the next decade, Go Safe on Scotland’s Roads – It’s Everyone’s Responsibility. It describes the road safety vision for Scotland, aims and commitments, and the Scottish targets for reductions in road deaths and serious injuries to 2020. Scotland’s road safety vision aims to see:
“A steady reduction in the numbers of those killed and those seriously injured, with the ultimate vision of a future where no-one is killed on Scotland’s roads, and the injury rate is much reduced.”
The aim set out in the Road Safety Plan 2016-2020 is to reduce the number of road crashes and road casualties in Orkney. The plan also sets out five objectives;
Education, Engineering, Enforcement, Encouragement and Evaluation will be used as a means to achieve these objectives.
An associated Road Safety Action Plan has been produced and will be reviewed on a regular basis by the Road Safety Forum to ensure that significant reductions are achieved and targets are met.
Orkney Islands Council strongly believes that the only way of continuing to improve safety on the roads throughout the isles is through an inter-agency partnership approach. With this in mind, the Road Safety Forum has been paramount in the production of the Road Safety Plan for Orkney.
The Road Safety Forum, a sub-group of the Community Safety Partnership, is a multi-agency group consisting of Orkney Islands Council, Northern Constabulary, NHS Orkney, Highlands and Islands Fire & Rescue Service, Orkney Disability Forum, Orkney Drugs, Alcohol and Drugs Partnership, Scottish Ambulance Service, driving instructors and other interested parties.
The group re-formed in early 2004, meeting on a quarterly basis to promote road safety. Its members attend various events throughout the year raising awareness of road safety to all age groups. Development of this plan has been carried out in close consultation with other interested agencies in order to achieve a finished document that aims to complement the relevant strategies of those agencies.
The multi-agency approach in producing the Road Safety Plan shows the measures which have been successful in promoting road safety awareness in Orkney and those which can improve road safety for the future. The partnership will constantly strive to get the road safety message heard and to implement measures to improve road safety by ‘Working Together to Make Our Roads Safer’.
The complete document is available in the 'Related Downloads' section of this page.