Rally death daughter calls for FAIs into recent tragedies

Crash investigation Mrs Johnson said she was prompted to speak out by the deaths of three spectators at the Jim Clark Rally

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A woman whose mother was killed at a car rally in the Highlands a year ago has called for inquiries into recent rally accidents.

Kerry Johnson's mother Joy Robson was killed at last year's Snowman Rally.

Following last month's crashes at the Jim Clark Rally in the Borders, she has called for fatal accident inquiries (FAIs) into both tragedies.

Three spectators died when they were hit by a car at the event at Little Swinton on 31 May.

In February last year, Mrs Robson, 50, from the Isle of Skye, was watching the first stage of the Highland Car Club Snowman Rally in Glenurquhart Forest, at Balnain, when she was hit by a car taking part .

An eight-year-old boy was also injured but survived.

Justice Secretary Kenny MacAskill has announced a review of motorsports safety in Scotland following the latest accident.

But Kerry Johnson said that was insufficient.

'Open court'

She said: "When I heard the news about what had happened at the Jim Clark Rally I was completely stunned.

"It's just over a year since mum's death and here we are with three more spectators being killed and several more injured. When is this going to stop?

"While I welcome moves by the Scottish government and the police to review safety at these events, it's a fatal accident inquiry held in open court that will get to the bottom of what happened to my mum and these other victims.

"Having a FAI will also give me and my family the right to ask questions which this government review won't.

"My family want to be involved, we want our voice to be heard and we want desperately to make sure nobody else loses their lives at a Scottish rally."

Andrew Henderson, from Thompsons Solicitors who are representing Mrs Robson's family, said the recent accident had upset the relatives.

He said: "In what other sport in Scotland could four spectators be killed within 18 months and nothing be done by the authorities?

"Kerry is right when she says that this has got to stop."

A Crown Office spokesman said: "The Procurator Fiscal has received a report on the death of a 50-year-old woman in Glenurquhart Forest on 16 February 2013.

"The investigation into the death, under the direction of the Scottish Fatalities Investigation Unit, is ongoing and the family are being kept updated in relation to any significant developments."

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    It found it added more value to the economy than shipbuilding, iron and steel, textiles or computing.

    07:15: Call for fracking ban

    Labour has urged Scottish ministers to take further steps to thwart the prospect of fracking for shale gas in Scotland.


    Energy Minister Fergus Ewing will make a statement on the issue at Holyrood today.

    Labour says he should use the opportunity to place a series of obstacles in the path of unconventional gas extraction.

    However, the Tories are warning that banning fracking could jeopardise Scottish jobs.

    @bbcscotlandnews Vouchers for pregnant smokers - Your views

    Fiona Shields tweets: Shopping vouchers for pregnant women who give up smoking?? What about those of us who didn't smoke? Where's my £400?

    @BBCGaryR Coming up... Gary Robertson BBC Radio Scotland

    Scottish space industry doubles its turnover in three years & employs over 5000 people. @macdonke looks at its prospects #bbcgms 0720

    Good Morning Scotland

    Listen live to the programme here.

    Text 80295 Vouchers for pregnant smokers - Your views

    John, Edinburgh: Unfortunately, research in other areas has shown that such financial incentives will only lead to an increase in smoking among pregnant women so that more women can claim reward for apparently stopping smoking later.

    Anon: Paying pregnant women to stop smoking: outrageous, ridiculous and an embarrassing waste of taxpayers' money, seeing as there was still an 80% failure rate. Surely if smoking in public places is banned due to the harm it causes people, then smoking whilst pregnant should be banned due to the harm it causes the poor unborn children?!

    07:06: Vouchers 'help pregnant smokers quit'

    Offering shopping vouchers worth £400 to pregnant smokers makes them more likely to quit the habit, say researchers.

    pregnant smoker

    They have published the results of a trial involving 600 women from Glasgow in the British Medical Journal.

    More than 20% of the women offered vouchers stopped smoking, compared with 9% given normal NHS support alone.

    The Royal College of Midwives said incentivising healthy behaviours using money was "not ideal" - and expensive.

    @BBCScotWeather Wintry weather warning BBC Scotland Weather Latest

    Met Office issues yellow 'be aware' warning for snow showers across Scotland. Valid from 8am today & lasting all day Thurs.

    Snow warning
    07:01: Snow on the way...

    Yellow "be aware" warnings have been issued by the Met Office for frequent snow showers across Scotland.

    The warnings are in place across the entire country from 08:00 on Wednesday to 23:55 on Thursday.

    About 5-10cm (1-3in) is expected at lower levels with 10cm (5in) over higher ground.

    Weather map

    BBC Weather's Chris Blanchett said: "By [this] morning, there will be snow across the northwest Highlands.

    "During the day that snow level will come down, and we'll see snow showers across central and southern Scotland as well."

    07:00: Rise and shine Thomas McGuigan BBC Scotland News

    Good morning and a wintry welcome form the Scotland Live team. Any snow where you are yet?

    Stay with us until 19:00 as we bring you news, sport, travel and weather from across the country.



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