Drop in casualties
THE number of people killed on Scotland’s roads has fallen to a record low.
Transport Scotland figures show 146 people died in road accidents in 2017, down 45 from the previous year. The total number of road casualties fell by 14% from 2016, from 10,905 to 9,391, and the number of people seriously injured dropped by 7% to 1,580.
When records began in 1950 there were 529 people killed on Scottish roads among 15,856 casualties. Statistics show numbers have generally decreased since 1970 when there were a record 815 deaths.