17 Apr 17th April 2019
Safety warning for motorcyclists
Motorcyclists are being urged to heed safety advice as they prepare to take to the roads for the summer season. Bikers account for around 20% of fatalities and police and the Scottish Government are determined to reduce the casualty figures. Statistics for 2017 showed that 146 people were killed in road crashes across Scotland, 29 of them motorcyclists. The Police Scotland Motorcycle Safety Campaign will promote safe and responsible motorcycling and aim to improve rider behaviour.
MSP calls for police to be banned from placing children in cells
A new law which will raise the age of criminal responsibility in Scotland should also ban the locking up of children in police cells. Scottish Liberal Democrat Alex Cole-Hamilton, has lodged amendments to a Bill currently progressing through the Scottish Parliament, which would prohibit police from putting children in cells. The Edinburgh MSP, and deputy convener of Holyrood’s Equalities and Human Rights Committee, will also make another attempt to further raise the age limit to 14 or 16, as the Age of Criminal Responsibility Bill proposes to lift it from eight to 12 years.
Police to conduct safety checks as Highland schools return from the easter break
Police in the Highlands and islands will be conducting a series of speed checks next week to ensure road safety is maintained. The road safety checks will take place outside various schools across the region on Tuesday after the Easter break. Sergeant Gus Murray, from the Dingwall Road Policing Unit, said maintaining a safe environment for the youngsters remains a priority for the whole of the local community. He said: “The safety of children travelling to, from, and around schools is an issue of concern for the whole community.
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