A809 between Bearsden and Drymen is one of the most dangerous roads in UK

A809 Bearsden to Drymen Road.
A809 Bearsden to Drymen Road.
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A busy road between Bearsden and Drymen is one of the most dangerous in Britain - according to a new study.

The Road Safety Foundation’s report ‘How Safe Are You On Britain’s Roads?’ claims the A809 is the second most persistently dangerous road in the UK.

The 10-mile long route, which is popular with commuters and visitors to Loch Lomond, saw 13 fatal or serious crashes between 2010-2012.

The report also revealed that 46 per cent of all the accidents which took place on the country road during that period involved motorbikes.

Neil Greig, director of policy and research at the Institute of Advanced Motoring, the UK’s leading road safety charity, believes that the high number of accidents involving motorcycles may be the reason for the A809 fairing so poorly.

He said: “I feel there needs to be more enforcement and education.

“There hasn’t been a motorcycle safety campaign in Scotland for a while, although Road Safety Scotland are making it a priority in 2015 with a new campaign.”

He added:“If the police presence is increased and an education campaign is started then we should see the accident rate on the road fall.”

A spokesperson for Police Scotland said: “A number of initiatives are undertaken by Police Scotland officers to ensure the safety of all road users in Scotland.

“ Speed, inappropriate and inconsiderate driving can endanger not just your life but that of other drivers and pedestrians.

“Consider your own behaviour and the impact it has.”

The police spokesperson added: “Our advice to road users is simple - be fully aware of and comply with the speed limits and drive appropriately for the road, weather and traffic conditions.”

A spokesperson for East Dunbartonshire Council told the Herald: “The report shows Scotland has the second fastest regional improvement in road safety.

“The A809 is a fast rural road with bends and gradients – only six kilometres of which lies within East Dunbartonshire.

“The last fatal accident within our section of the road was in 2010, and since then, East Dunbartonshire Council has provided high friction surface dressing, improved signage and lining and a speed activated warning sign.

“We continue to make every effort to draw drivers’ attention to the road’s features and encourage them to adjust their driving style and speed and drive within the limits of the road.”