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Motorists reminded to be safety conscious

Police in Kirkwall are reminding motorists to be aware of safety on the roads, following complaints from pedestrians and cyclists.

PC Ruth Ross said that keeping the roads of Orkney safe is the responsibility of all who use them.

She said: “We have, over the last week, had a few complaints regarding motorists not showing appropriate consideration for pedestrians and cyclists.

“We would like to remind motorists to be safety conscious and that they have a responsibility to show consideration for other road users, including cyclists and pedestrians.

“The most common complaints are motorists allowing insufficient room when passing along with excess speed in some areas. We ask that caution is exercised and drivers slow down, take care and allow ample space when passing. There are many drivers who already exercise this practice and we hope that the minority of those who don’t will take this advice on board.”

Cyclists are also reminded to never ride more than two abreast, and to ride in single file on narrow or busy roads.