A TODDLER who suffered a fractured ankle in a collision with a car has become the face of a new road safety campaign aimed at drivers across Edinburgh and the Lothians.
Two-year-old Ryan Dalton sustained the injury during a trip to Hermiston Gait Retail Park last month, when he managed to break away from his mother and ran into the path of a vehicle.
Something like this can happen in the blink of an eye but it’s really important that we all do what we can to keep ourselves and our loved ones safe.Li Dalton
Following hospital treatment, his left leg was put in a plaster cast which is due to be removed today.
Police officers are using the injury to promote a five-day campaign, lasting until Friday, which will see them provide advice and guidance designed to keep pedestrians, cyclists and motorcyclists safe.
They will also work to ensure that drivers, including those in vans and HGVs, are aware of their responsibilities when out on the roads.
Ryan’s mother Li said her son’s rapid recovery from injury had come as a huge relief but warned that he could have been badly hurt in the incident on June 14.
She is keen to support Police Scotland’s vulnerable road users campaign and wants others to take heed of the advice being provided.
“To see your child involved in an accident is one of the most distressing moments of your life and I am extremely thankful that Ryan was not more seriously injured,” she said.
“Something like this can happen in the blink of an eye but it’s really important that we all do what we can to keep ourselves and our loved ones safe and I’m really glad the police have launched this campaign.
“I think everybody has a part to play in road safety and people driving cars, vans and trucks need to be really careful that they do not cause harm to people on foot or on bikes.”
She added: “I’m really thankful that the driver involved in Ryan’s accident was driving responsibly and at a suitable speed that meant he didn’t suffer any more injuries.
“Parents or anyone caring for young children should also always hold on to their child’s hand or use a harness, because even if an area seems safe, there is always a risk of an accident happening.”
Inspector Vinnie Fisher, from the Road Policing Unit at Fettes in Edinburgh, said: “This campaign is not only to ensure vulnerable road users such as pedestrians and those who use bicycles and motorcycles stay safe.
“It’s to make sure other vehicle operators are mindful that we share the road network and that we must do all we can to keep each other safe.”
Inspector Fisher said reducing road casualties was a “priority” for Police Scotland, stressing that the support and assistance of members of the public would be key to achieving the goal.
“Over the next few days we will be sharing a number of safety messages through our various platforms and I would ask our communities in East Scotland to check out their relevant police social media accounts to see what we’re doing,” he added.
Detailed road safety advice and information can be found at www.scotland.police.uk.