Map reveals carnage on Formartine roads

A NEWLY produced map has unveiled the scale of motoring deaths in Formartine over the past 10 years - with 58 separate fatal accidents claiming 65 lives and leaving dozens injured between 1999 and 2010.

The BBC’s road-deaths map, which covers the past ten years, illustrates the extent of the carnage on the north-east roads, and doesn’t include accidents this year including a fatal crash which claimed the life of a young man in Newburgh, or the tragic death of Gillian Ancell near Tipperty last month. The map, constructed on the basis of police reports received by the state broadcaster, paints a depressing picture of the dangers involved in driving in the north-east.

Notable among the statistics was the crash in December, 2002 which claimed the lives of Alison Morrison and her son Jonathan in a crash which also left her daughter and boyfriend severely injured, while a collision between two cars on the A90 near the Ellon Roundabout in March, 2000 left three dead.

Local councillor Alan Hendry, who is a former policeman, told the Times that most accidents in the region were caused by drivers travelling too fast, or not taking account of road conditions.

“In my personal view, it’s always related to speed,” he said. “Speed and inattentiveness.”

“You’ll often have young lads in a car with their friends, who are egging them on to go faster, and it’s a recipe for disaster. I’d also say that a lot of accidents happen on rural roads, and, of course, Grampian as a whole covers a very large rural area.

“Another factor is people not driving according to the conditions. People can feel cocooned in their car while there’s ice, rain or high winds outside, and it’s a ‘bubble’ that lures them into complacency.”