Dunfermline Press

Road deaths in Scotland at highest total for seven years


SCOTLAND’S transport minister has insisted road safety “remains an absolute priority” as the number of people killed on the roads reached its highest level for seven years.

A total of 173 people were killed in road collisions in Scotland in 2022 – 32 more than the previous year.

The figures, published by Transport Scotland, show there were 153 collisions last year in which at least one person was killed – up by

17 from 2021.

Another 1,776 people were seriously injured in road collisions, and 3,672 were slightly injured – up 10 per cent and nine per cent respective­ly from the previous year.

The overall casualty total for 2022 was 5,621 – which was 506 (10 per cent) more than in 2021.

The Transport Scotland report said casualty figures “have been increasing steadily since the lows that were seen during the pandemic years of 2020 and 2021”.

However, it added: “Apart from fatalities, the figures are lower than they were prior to the pandemic.”

Pedestrian­s accounted for 912 casualties last year, up by almost a fifth (18%) from 2021.

This includes 367 pedestrian­s who were seriously injured and 33 who were killed.

The figures also show 587 children were casualties in 2022, with

176 youngsters seriously injured and three killed.

Transport minister Fiona Hyslop said: “One death on our roads is simply one too many. My thoughts are with the families and friends who have tragically lost a loved one, and those whose lives are changed forever.

“We do not accept that road casualties are inevitable and are determined to do everything we can to ensure these numbers come down as we work towards our long-term target of no-one being seriously injured or killed on our roads by 2050.

“That is why the Scottish Government is investing more than £31 million on road safety this financial year to support projects such as our trunk road casualty reduction programme, the road safety improvemen­t fund, our safety camera programme and the expansion of 20mph areas in communitie­s across Scotland.

“This is in addition to Police Scotland’s enforcemen­t work and the action taken by our local authoritie­s.”

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