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Motorsport safety review scheduled after 3 spectator deaths at car rally

Posted in: Car Accidents Public Place Accidents Road Traffic Accidents Wrongful & Accidental Death 

Following the deaths of three spectators at a car rally in the Borders, the Justice Secretary has announced that a review of motorsport safety in Scotland is to be carried out. The individuals who lost their lives on Saturday were Iain John Provan (64), Elizabeth Allan (63), both from Barrhead, and John Leonard Stern (71) from Bearsden. Kenny MacAskill, the Justice Secretary, said that lessons had to be learned from the accident so that it does not happen again.

The review aims to include Police Scotland, The Motor Sports Association, Scottish Borders Council and other “key stakeholders”. MSP John Lamont welcomed the review, saying: “it is only right that we do everything in our power to prevent another accident like this occurring.” While a full police investigation into Saturday’s accident is currently underway, the Justice Secretary also confirmed that all scheduled summer rallies would be “checked” by police.

“Tremendous shock”

Mr MacAskill described Saturday as “a black day for the rally, for the Borders, and for Scotland”. Scotland has a strong and proud reputation in international motorsport, and the accident that saw the loss of three lives came as a “tremendous shock” to everyone.

A decision has not yet been made surrounding whether to hold a fatal accident inquiry; the Lord Advocate will soon make this decision. The future of The Jim Clark Rally will also see extensive discussion over the coming months, with the hope of fans that no premature decisions will be made.

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