Highlands and Islands MSP awarded for road safety work

A Scottish MSP has been officially recognised for his efforts in improving road safety in his constituency.

David Stewart, MSP for the Highlands and Islands, has been presented with the Scottish Road Safety Parliamentarian Award by the road safety charity Brake.

It marks the second time Mr Stewart has received this award in addition to his three other Brake awards.

In 2017, the Highlands and Island MSP has championed the establishment of a Road Collision Investigation Branch, which would help bring together the efforts of researchers, police, crown office officials, local authorities and others to better learn the lessons from serious road crashes across the UK.

Mr Stewart has also produced a series of powerful radio advertisements for the Silent Mobiles Avoid Risk and Temptation (SMART) campaign, through the North of Scotland Driver Awareness Team he founded in 2010.

Additionally, the MSP is working on ‘Pass Safely’ – a campaign that aims to educate drivers about the need to give space when overtaking cyclists. He also helped publicise the dangers of single-track rural roads and will support Brake’s Road Safety Week (November 20-26), which this year focuses on the issue of speeding.

Accepting his award, Mr Stewart said: “I am delighted for all those involved in road safety-related issues with me and in particular those working with me at the North of Scotland Driver Awareness Team.

“For the last seven years, all we have strived to do is make a positive difference to road safety across the Highlands Islands and Moray. I would like to think we have done that, but we will not be complacent and will work with others to make our roads even safer.”

Ben Robb, brand manager at Dieselink, adds: “Full credit to David and his team. They’ve helped raise awareness of major road safety issues, such as the risks of using mobiles at the wheel and inadequate drug driving laws. This award is much deserved.”