A9 branded ‘Scotland’s deadliest’ road, for a given value of ‘deadliest’

April 19, 2008

BBC NEWS | Scotland | Tayside and Central | A9 branded ‘Scotland’s deadliest’
“This is a sad accolade to hold and the A9 has been claiming too many lives for too long,” Mr Fraser said.
“Not only is the personal injury unbearable to the families affected by the accidents, but the cost on our public services to attend and sort each accident out is massive.
“I believe that if a train line in Scotland witnessed the same number of deaths as the A9 does then something would be done to reduce the fatality rate.

If vehicles on roads had strictly enforced speed limits, were kept apart by signalling which actually stops vehicles that pass red lights, and drivers were only allowed to drive on roads they were passed for, then there would be very few road fatalities either. In other words, it’s a lame comparison.

On the other hand, the A9 (and A82 for that matter) are awful. They probably should be upgraded. But drivers using them should be responsible, and not speed and take stupid risks. Those two things are the biggest cause of road accidents and deaths, not bad road design.

A final point for Mr Fraser to consider is that the upgraded part of the A82 on Loch Lomondside bears regular witness to fatal accidents. Upgrading the road is not the whole answer. Indeed, it may just exacerbate the problem as the locals go ever faster on their nice new road…

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