Rise in se­ri­ous and fa­tal Ar­gyll ac­ci­dents

The Oban Times - - News -

ROAD ac­ci­dents fell in Ar­gyll and Bute last year – but the num­ber of se­ri­ous and fa­tal ac­ci­dents rose by al­most half.

Po­lice recorded 178 ac­ci­dents in 2016, in­clud­ing 53 se­ri­ous and eight fa­tal, ac­cord­ing to Trans­port Scot­land’s lat­est sta­tis­tics, com­pared to 226 ac­ci­dents the year be­fore, with 35 se­ri­ous and six fa­tal.

The num­ber of ca­su­al­ties also fell from 320 in 2015 to 240 in 2016, but those suf­fer­ing se­ri­ous in­juries rose from 51 to 63, as did fa­tal­i­ties from six to nine.

In to­tal, 191 peo­ple were killed in re­ported road ac­ci­dents in Scot­land in 2016, 23 more than in 2015. The fig­ures show the to­tal num­ber of ca­su­al­ties fell by one per cent be­tween 2015 and 2016 from 10,974 to 10,881, but the num­ber of peo­ple se­ri­ously in­jured in­creased by six per cent to 1,693.

The fig­ures also show that in 2016 there were 1,011 child ca­su­al­ties in re­ported road ac­ci­dents, an in­crease of four per cent since 2015. This in­cluded 12 fa­tal­i­ties, eight more than 2015 and 167 chil­dren who were se­ri­ously in­jured, up from 139 in 2015.

There were three more pedal cy­clists killed than in 2015 and 12 fewer pedes­trian fa­tal­i­ties. There were also three more mo­tor­cy­clists killed and 31 more car user fa­tal­i­ties.

Last year saw a 19 per cent in­crease in car users se­ri­ously in­jured, while mo­tor­cy­clist se­ri­ous in­juries rose by four per cent. How­ever, the num­ber of pedes­tri­ans se­ri­ously in­jured de­creased from 424 to 397 and pedal cy­clists se­ri­ously in­jured from 164 to 147 be­tween 2015 and 2016. Other modes of trans­port saw in­creases in the num­ber of peo­ple se­ri­ously in­jured from 67 to 81.

Trans­port min­is­ter Humza Yousaf said: ‘It’s dis­ap­point­ing that there has been an in­crease in the num­ber of fa­tal­i­ties and the num­ber of peo­ple se­ri­ously in­jured on our roads in 2016. ‘The longer-term down­ward trends are pos­i­tive, and the an­nual de­cline in the to­tal num­ber of ca­su­al­ties, to the low­est level since records be­gan, is en­cour­ag­ing. How­ever, I am res­o­lute in my de­ter­mi­na­tion to save lives and to meet the ul­ti­mate vi­sion where no- one is killed on Scot­land’s roads.’

Jason Wake­ford, spokesman for road safety charity Brake, said: ‘To­day’s fig­ures are deeply trou­bling. It’s shock­ing to see more fa­tal­i­ties on Scot­land’s roads last year, and more chil­dren, cy­clists and mo­tor­cy­clists need­lessly los­ing their lives.

‘We urge the Scot­tish Gov­ern­ment to im­ple­ment a de­fault 20mph limit in built-up ar­eas, ac­com­pa­nied by ad­di­tional speed en­force­ment on roads by the po­lice.’

Sandy Al­lan, road safety man­ager for RoSPA Scot­land, said: ‘ We are dis­ap­pointed to see the first in­crease in fa­tal­i­ties and se­ri­ous in­juries on Scot­land’s roads for a num­ber of years. How­ever, th­ese fig­ures of course rep­re­sent a sin­gle year, and so no long-term trend can be drawn from them.’

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