Tayside Police has launched a summer road safety campaign focusing on the hazards of country roads and the importance of wearing a seatbelt.
The campaign which runs from Tuesday until Friday will see officers providing education, enforcement and awareness of the types of hazards on country roads.
Officers are also aiming to highlight the risk of not wearing a seatbelt.
Tayside Police is taking part in the campaign along with forces across Scotland.
Other offences that impinge on road safety, including speeding and distractions including the use of mobile phones will also be targeted.
Country roads are generally roads out with urban areas which have a speed limit, for a car/motorcycle greater than 50mph. Nearly 66% of all fatal or serious road traffic collisions occur on these types of roads.
Chief Inspector Sandy Bowman, head of road policing, has warned that as the weather gets better the roads will be busier with different groups including motorcyclists, horse riders or agricultural vehicles.
He also warned motorists to be aware that tourists may be using the roads.
He said: “It is important for all motorists to be aware of such hazards on these roads such as slow moving vehicles, mud on the road, hidden junctions, narrow lanes, etc.
“Ask yourself ‘do you know what is around the next corner?’, ‘can you stop in the distance that you can see to be clear?’
“Tayside has some of the most scenic and well maintained roads in Scotland which, rightly so brings a large number of tourists to our region that may not be familiar with the road they are on. Be aware of vehicles carrying out unexpected turns in the road ahead and be prepared to stop if need be.
“This time of year traditionally sees an increase in the number of drivers and motorcyclists using our roads. Although the majority drive/ride responsibility a small minority do not and this is the group which we will be dealing with robustly. We will also be actively dealing with any incidents of inappropriate use of vehicles, making full use of the powers given under Anti-Social Behaviour (Scotland) Act 2004 to warn drivers and seize vehicles when appropriate.
“With the increase in hazards, this increases the potential of being involved in a collision. A seatbelt can save your life, which has been shown time and time again.
‘‘I would urge anyone who has information about motorists behaving irresponsibility to contact Tayside Police on 0300 111 2222 or pass the information anonymously to Crimestoppers on 0800 555 111.”