Jul 20 2011 by Johnathon Menzies, Stirling Observer Wednesday
YOUNGSTERS have been blasted by one of the region’s top police officers after they were spotted dicing with death on a motorway.
The four children were playing chicken on the M9 at Torbrex last Wednesday evening.
Chief Inspector Donald McMillan said: “This is totally reckless, dangerous and stupid.”
And he warned their behaviour could kill them.
He said: “Vehicles travel at high speeds and it takes a car travelling at 70mph approximately 24 car lengths to stop.
“The consequences of anybody being hit by a vehicle on a motorway would likely prove to be fatal.
“Those who are determined to behave in a reckless manner are not only putting themselves at risk but they are also putting motorists at risk as well.”
A force spokesperson also revealed that children have been playing on the M9 at Stirling’s Chartershall Bridge.
The news comes after a 15-year-old girl suffered a broken ankle when she was hit by car in the city’s Broom Road on Monday, July 11.
An eight-year-old girl was struck by a vehicle at The Braes in Tullibody and received a minor head injury.
Police said none of the drivers involved will be reported.
Chief Inspector McMillan continued: “It’s just good fortune that the youngsters involved have not been seriously or fatally injured. Needless to say, the drivers were all left shaken.”
He went on: “When children are out and about playing the last thing on their minds is the traffic around them but they should always be careful.
“Drivers also need to be more aware that children will be running around and they should reduce their speed so they can stop quickly if a child runs out in front of them.”