The Royal Society for the Prevention of Accidents has welcomed retired senior police officer Sandy Allan to the RoSPA Scotland office, where he will use his wealth of knowledge and experience to develop the charity's mission to save lives and reduce injuries.
A key focus for Sandy, who was a police officer for almost 32 years, will be raising awareness of the risks of driving for work. And he is well aware of causation factors and issues surrounding road crashes having taken advanced car and motorcycle courses.
Sandy also has extensive road safety experience under his belt and has spent the last five years as a road safety co-ordinator for Police Scotland, where he was responsible for the creation, interpretation and implementation of road safety policy in the south east of Scotland.
During his time there, he developed significant young driver intervention and created the award-winning Around the Corner (ATC) motorcycle campaign - the first nationally recognised educational intervention for the at-risk group in Scotland - which was awarded a prestigious Prince Michael International Road Safety Award in 2011.
He said: "It is an honour to be a part of the UK's leading health and safety charity and I am excited to be spearheading its road safety work. I have been involved in road safety for many years now so I will bring a lot of knowledge and experience to the role.
"I am keen to get stuck in and develop RoSPA's work, particularly around occupational road risk. It is estimated that up to a third of road accidents are caused by someone using the road for work purposes, so I will be using my experience to promote campaigns aimed at reducing casualties.