Category Archives: Public Safety

Review flood defence funding

My thoughts go out to all of those who have experienced the devastation caused by flooding over the last few weeks. As we have seen only too graphically, yet again, there are certain parts of South Scotland that are extremely … Continue reading

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Culpable Homicide Bill launched

Earlier this month I attended the launch of my colleague Richard Baker’s proposed bill to reform the law on culpable homicide. Culpable homicide is committed where an accused has caused loss of life through wrongful conduct, but where there was … Continue reading

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Jim Clark Rally recommendations published

Earlier this month the Motor Sport Event Safety Review Group published its initial findings on how to improve the safety of rally events. The review was ordered by the Scottish Government following the deaths of three spectators at the Jim … Continue reading

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Carbon Monoxide Awareness Week

On the 18th of November the Carbon Monoxide Awareness charity will launch an awareness week to highlight the dangers of carbon monoxide poisoning. Carbon monoxide is a colourless, odourless gas that is produced by the incomplete combustion of fossil fuels. … Continue reading

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Free Home Fire Safety Visits

At the start of this month I visited Lanark Community Fire Station to learn more about the work that fire crews are doing across Clydesdale. I was really impressed with the proactive approach to fire prevention being taken by local … Continue reading

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Scams Awareness Month

Throughout May, Citizens Advice Scotland are working with Trading Standards and other agencies across the UK to make people more aware of scams, how to spot them and how to report them. Scams come in a variety of different forms: … Continue reading

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Freedom from Fear

As we move into the festive period and shops begin to get busy, an annual campaign promoting respect for shop workers has been launched. The Freedom from Fear campaign, promoted by Usdaw, the shop workers union, seeks to bring together … Continue reading

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Are you Ready for Winter?

With winter weather beginning to close in, the Scottish Government has set out is winter resilience plans during a debate in Parliament. The importance of this annual debate has been heightened over the past few years following the extreme weather … Continue reading

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The Great Cycle Helmet Giveaway

A couple of weeks ago I was at Langlee Primary School in Galashiels to support a nationwide cycle safety roadshow. The initiative, involving the Child Brain Injury Trust and Cycle Law Scotland, has been touring the country to improve awareness of the dangers … Continue reading

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Lighter Later?

Around the world there are many countries, including Britain, where twice a year the clocks are changed for daylight savings.  We are all used to the familiar reminders in the paper and on TV for us to change the clocks and … Continue reading

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