Police are reminding motorists that this coming week is likely to be busier than normal on roads north of Inverness, with a number of high profile events taking place.
This Thursday the Belladrum Tartan Heart Festival begins, the second largest music event in the Force area. A large percentage of the expected 15,000 revellers are due to arrive at the event near Beauly on Thursday throughout the day. Crowds will then be leaving the event again on Sunday, around lunchtime.
This clearly means increased traffic levels on the A862 Inverness to Beauly road.
Police are also overseeing Ross County's first match in the Scottish Premier League in Dingwall and the Moy Games on Saturday as well as the Black Isle Show, which starts on Wednesday (1 August 2012) and finishes on Thursday.
Traffic management plans are in place for all these events, however, Police would like to remind motorists to leave plenty of time for their journeys, remain patient and drive appropriately, particularly at events such as Belladrum, where there may be people walking on the road leading to the entranc. Police are advising motorists to watch their speed and be aware that there may be pedestrians.
When approaching the Belladrum site drivers are asked to be patient and follow the signs into the car parks and drop-off areas.
There will be a high visibility Police presence on the roads this weekend and motorists are reminded that if they are attending an event and intend to drink alcohol then they should make arrangements to be picked up or use taxis or public transport.
Acting Chief Inspector Archie Henderson said: "The message this week is to remain patient and appreciate there will be a lot more traffic on the roads in the north.
"With regards to Belladrum in particular we would remind drivers that despite the dangers some people may still choose to walk on the road leading away from the venue. Some may have consumed alcohol and motorists should reduce their speed, give them plenty of space and be vigilant.
"Police will also be targeting those who choose to drink and drive to or from these events and the message remains the same, Don’t Risk It."
Members of the public attending any of these events are also reminded not to leave valuables in their vehicles and ensure all windows and doors are locked when leaving them unattended. Don’t give opportunist thieves an invitation.