Police in Skye and Lochalsh have been kept busy in recent days following a spate of road incidents and thefts.
At just before 3pm on Saturday (16th July) a VW Golf and Volvo were involved in an accident on the A87 at Balmacara cemetery, resulting in the closure of the A87 road. The scene was attended by police, fire and ambulance personnel and the road was opened after the scene was cleared. There were no serious injuries as a result of the accident.
Yesterday (Monday) saw three minor accidents. At around 1.15pm there was a collision between a motorbike and a car on the A87 near to Sligachan Hotel on Skye. The rider of the Austrian registered motorbike required to be taken to hospital for treatment of his injuries but they were not life threatening.
At about 4pm there was a report of a coach overturned on the Elgol – Broadford road near to Kirkibost. A French Mercedes Unimog had been negotiating a bend when it overturned, forcing the three occupants to climb out. All were uninjured but the incident saw the road closed for a couple of hours until the vehicle was recovered.
While on the way to attend the Kirkibost incident police came across a collision between a tour bus and a car in Broadford but there were no injuries.
At around 2.20am this morning (Tuesday), officers on patrol on the B885 Struan to Portree road stopped and arrested a 38-year-old Australian female driver for drink driving. She will appear at Inverness Sheriff Court today or tomorrow.
Police are also appealing for information following two thefts on Skye.
Sometime between 8pm on Saturday and 4.20pm on Sunday a blue VW Golf was taken from Kyleakin. It was later found near to Kyle of Lochalsh.
Meanwhile a cement mixer has been stolen from the Storr Lochs area within the last 24 hours.
The orange Belle Barrel mixer was taken between 4.30pm yesterday (Monday 18th July) and 7.05am today. The mixer was taken without its stand which is essential for its use.
Anyone with information regarding any of these incidents is asked to call Police on 101.
Commenting on the spate of incidents, Skye and Lochalsh Inspector Lynda Allan said: “I was keen to get a message out about all road users, obviously due to the number, variety and severity of incidents, about the need to drive according to the road and weather conditions. We have been very fortunate that fatal injuries have not been sustained, especially having seen the damage caused to some of the vehicles, but we want to reduce the number of casualties regardless of severity.
“With 162 fatalities on Scotland’s road last year and at least 10,000 people injured we need to work together to not only influence road user behaviour but importantly to reduce the number of casualties on the roads network here in Skye and Lochalsh and across Scotland. Road safety is not only a national policing priority but one that is discussed at many local forums which my team and I attend or participate in and as the majority of us are road users in some way or another, it is an issue which effects everyone and needs everyone to play their part. Fortunately we are making progress nationally to reducing these numbers year on year but there is obviously still more we can achieve.”