Child’s death prompts plea to motorists

CLLRs John O'Brien, Jim Young & Andrew Rodger who want to emphasise the need for awareness after a number of fatalities on local roads in past few weeks.

CLLRs John O'Brien, Jim Young & Andrew Rodger who want to emphasise the need for awareness after a number of fatalities on local roads in past few weeks.

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Three Levenmouth Councillors have made a call to action for better and safer roads in Fife following the death of a child earlier this month.

John O’Brien, Andrew Rodger and Jim Young want to see more done to prevent accidents and fatalities on the Kingdom’s road network after a number of serious and fatal incidents in the last month.

These include the deaths of nine-year-old Logan Carrie who was knocked down and killed on the A92 in Glenrothes on February 10, and a 21-year-old man in a collision in Newburgh last week.

There was also an incident on Methil’s South Street two weeks ago, when a driver came off the road and struck a tree, leaving the car very badly damaged. The motorist needed hospital treatment.

Cllr O’Brien said: “We need to raise more awareness on the subject of road safety.

“As Councillors, we were both proud of the fact there were no children killed on Fife’s roads for five years before the incident in Glenrothes.

‘‘I will be calling for more police patrols in all built up areas to raise awareness and hammer any drivers not maintaining the correct speed in those areas.

“I would also like to see more signs at the side of roads to inform drivers on the latest fatalities on each road and also to inform them bout how many accidents were on that road to date.”

Cllr Young would like to see more vigorous checks from the police.

“It’s not just speed on the roads, it’s general road safety. There are still too many drivers using mobile phones, and too many cars with defective headlights. I’ve already raised this issue with the police and want to see them doing more.”

Cllr Rodger added: “We can make as many changes as possible to make the roads safer, but at the end of the day, it’s about people being more vigilant - especially on the Standing Stane where I would like to see double white lines, because it’s becoming more and more treacherous.

“People have to drive more safely and take a bit more time on our roads, and be especially vigilant around schools and where children are concerned.”