Cops issue road safety message

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Police are issuing a road safety message to the public following a number of recent incidents.

In Hawick, an eight-year-old boy was involved in a collision with a Toyota Avensis at around 4.30pm yesterday (Thursday) in Mansfield Road, but only suffered a minor ankle injury.

On Wednesday, a 14-year-old boy required medical attention after being stuck by a Peugeot 207 in Springwood Road, Peebles, at around 8.35am. He was taken to Borders General Hospital where it was established he had a broken ankle.

Futher afield, police report two incidents in Bathgate, both of which saw youngsters involved in collisions. An 11-year-old boy was hit by a car and sustained a broken leg, while a 12-year-old girl was struck by a Transit van and suffered minor injuries to her back and torso.

Road Policing Inspector Richard Latto said: “Any road collision where a pedestrian is struck by a vehicle is a concern, and this in only magnified when a young child is involved where the risk of serious of injury is so much higher.

“Drivers are reminded to exercise caution, and park considerately when travelling on routes close to schools and other built-up and busy areas.

“Schools across the region are now back following the Christmas holidays, but the hours of daylight remain short and so all children and young people need to ensure they are taking responsibility for their own safety when crossing busy roads.

“This means paying attention to your surroundings, finding a safe place to cross away from parked cars and, where provided, using dedicated school crossing patrols.

“Next week, road policing officers will be on school routes where they carry out speed checks to ensure motorists are driving at a safe speed.”