POLICE on Dounreay watch are helping Police Scotland tackle speeding drivers on a notorious stretch of road in west Caithness.
The Civil Nuclear Constabulary (CNC) members are observing traffic on the A836 at Forss to deter people breaking the speed limit.
While welcoming the move, one Highland councillor is calling for speed cameras to be placed in the area due to the number of complaints about speeding motorists.
The straight part of road at Forss is busy due to workers travelling back and fore from Dounreay, as well as general traffic.
CNC officer Liam Bain said as part of assisting Police Scotland in the community, it has been observing traffic in the area.
“We are continuing to providing Police Scotland with traffic measures on the A836,” he confirmed.
“This is following concern raised by CNC and Police Scotland.”
Thurso and North-West Caithness Councillor Matthew Reiss has welcomed the assistance CNC officers are offering.
But he wants to see more being done to tackle the problem, by introducing new road safety measures in the area.
“Members of the public have been in touch regularly about the problem of driving on the straight at A836,” he said.
“I have seen motorists overtaking each other on the stretch of road at high speeds when it is was not safe to do so.
“I think it is an area where a camera van should be located to monitor speeds.”
“Officers are sympathetic to the idea.
“But there is a protocol for deployment of camera vans and usually only deployed where there is a history of serious accidents.
“But my view on that is we should be deploying camera vans to prevent a serious accident occurring.
“It is a long straight road with houses on both sides along with a school bus stop.
“Everything tells me this is a dangerous part of road and I personally have seen people overtaking at high speed.
“It is a road which is high risk and residents are concerned about the situation and are keen for something to be done about it.
“I would also like to see double white lines and more warning signs being installed there.”
Mr Reiss said it is thought that a number of motorists who use the road regularly are the Dounreay workforce and is asking management at the site to remind them about the importance of driving safely.
“I would ask management at Dounreay to politely ask staff to consider the people who live on the Forss straight before something goes wrong.
Dounreay managing director Phil Craig said he accepted the concerns of the public and plans were in place to offer road safety advice to staff.
“One of things we are looking to do alongside Vulcan during winter or in the summer is to launch a road awareness safety campaign at the site.
“We are looking to do anything to see if we can affect that as well
“We are planning to work with the CNC on this.”
The CNC is a specialist armed police service dedicated to protecting the civil nuclear industry.