Campaigners call for rumble strips on Scottish roads

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Published on 27 August 2019 by Mike Waters

Campaigners have called for the introduction of rumble strips to Scottish roads to help improve road safety.

Designed to cause noise and vibration when driven over, rumble strips are installed at the edges of roads to help prevent straying from the road altogether or in the middle of the road to prevent side-on or head-on crashes in the opposite carriageway. This can be of particular value on two-lane A-roads, where the lack of a separating metal or concrete barrier between lanes of oncoming traffic can have lethal consequences if a road user becomes drowsy or inattentive.

The Scotsman has reported IAM RoadSmart and the RAC have both expressed their support, and a spokesperson for Transport Scotland confirmed that it was “interested in learning more about the potential benefits of innovative approaches, including self-enforcing roads with engineering measures such as markings, alignment and rumble strips to try to prevent accidents and improve driver behaviour.”

This interest in the introduction of rumble strips comes after a study by TRL (formerly the Transport Research Laboratory), which was published last month, recommended that trials for new designs should be carried out in the UK and specifically recommended looking at certain designs for their safety benefits for motorcyclists.

As the BMF has previously reported, one in five Scottish road deaths is a motorcyclist despite bikers being less than one per cent of all Scottish road users. Official statistics compiled by Transport Scotland found that both fatalities and serious injuries involving motorcycles on Scottish roads rose last year.

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