Safety is paramount on Midlothian roads

Chief Inspector Stephen Innes, the newly appointed Local Commander for Road Policing in the East of Scotland.

Chief Inspector Stephen Innes, the newly appointed Local Commander for Road Policing in the East of Scotland.

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In the driving seat to make the roads across Midlothian much safer is Chief Inspector Stephen Innes, the new local commander for road policing.

Responsible for the east of Scotland, Ch Insp Innes says he is “excited” by the challenges his job, a newly-created post, will bring.

Considering road policing is one of the most important ways of keeping people safe, he added: “A recent public consultation placed road safety in the top three concerns for police to tackle, alongside violent crime and drug dealing.

“Last month, following a meeting with Transport Minister Derek Mackay, Police Scotland’s Chief Constable, Sir Stephen House, called for a review of road user behaviour, something which I welcome.”

Police Scotland has set out its priorities for the coming year and in 2015-16 the road policing unit will be looking to reduce the number of road casualties and road crime.

“Careless driving in its widest sense, which includes driver/rider error, driving without due care and attention and driving at inappropriate speed for the conditions, is known to be a major contributory factor in fatal and injury collisions and, as such, it is important that measures are taken to improve driver behaviour,” said Ch Insp Innes.

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