Island emergency service volunteers are asking members of the public, especially visitors, to pull into passing places and allow overtaking on Colonsay’s single track roads.
Twice in recent weeks 999 staff responding to emergency call louts have suffered serious delays being stuck behind visitors who were unwilling to pull over.
In one case the driver actually stopped blocking the road to ask why the driver kept flashing his lights at him and was very apologetic when he discovered he was slowing down an emergency response.
A spokesman for the island’s emergency volunteers said: “The fire service and coastguards have had a busy year so far and in a couple of instances our response times have been severely compromised by thoughtless driving.
“If you see someone in your rear view mirror obviously desperate to pass the chances are it’s not a boy racer but someone on a serious mission – please let them past – delays can ultimately cost lives.”