Scot­tish road ca­su­al­ties drop to low­est ever level

Transport: New fig­ures wel­comed but more work needs to be done

The Press and Journal (Aberdeen and Aberdeenshire) - - LOCAL | NEWS - BY JAMES WYLLIE

New fig­ures have re­vealed that the num­ber of ca­su­al­ties on roads across Scot­land has dropped to its low­est ever level.

Govern­ment sta­tis­tics re­vealed there were 1,514 fewer peo­ple in­jured in road ac­ci­dents last year com­pared to 2016.

The drop in the num­ber of ac­ci­dents in­volv­ing in­juries was yes­ter­day wel­comed by safety cam­paign­ers.

“Be­hind every statis­tic lies a tragic story”

How­ever, they called for more work to be car­ried out to fur­ther re­duce ca­su­alty num­bers.

The Transport Scot­land fig­ures show that there were 9,391 ca­su­al­ties across Scot­land, in­clud­ing 146 deaths in 2017.

The Highland Coun­cil area was named the worst for fa­tal crashes dur­ing the year.

Fif­teen peo­ple were killed on the re­gion’s roads and 417 were in­jured.

There were five deaths in Mo­ray, while nearly 40% of the 84 in­juries recorded were classed as se­ri­ous.

In to­tal, 331 peo­ple were hurt in Aberdeenshire and seven peo­ple were killed.

The num­ber of in­juries was lower in Aberdeen, where two peo­ple died and 177 were hurt.

Transport Min­is­ter Humza Yousaf said the fig­ures re­flect pos­i­tive re­sults from govern­ment-backed safety cam­paigns.

He also pointed to the ini­tia­tives such as the A90 av­er­age speed cam­eras as ex­am­ples of ways ca­su­alty num­bers can be low­ered.

He said: “Ca­su­al­ties on our roads are at the low­est lev­els since records be­gan.

“I recog­nise that this is of lit­tle con­so­la­tion to the friends and rel­a­tives of peo­ple who have sadly died as a re­sult of road traf­fic in­ci­dents.

“We can­not for­get that be­hind every statis­tic lies a tragic story. That is why we say that one death is one too many and that there is more that we can do.”

Scot­tish Con­ser­va­tive MSP for the North East, Liam Kerr, said there was “no doubt” that progress was be­ing made on road safety but branded the fig­ures for the High­lands “very con­cern­ing”.

“There are still far too many fa­tal­i­ties, and cer­tainly sig­nif­i­cant room for im­prove­ment,” he said.

“As we ap­proach a time of year when there will be more tourists on our roads, it is im­por­tant that peo­ple drive safely and care­fully at all times.”

Joshua Har­ris, direc­tor of cam­paigns for safety char­ity Brake, said: “Trag­i­cally 33 peo­ple are still killed or se­ri­ously in­jured on Scot­tish roads every week, so our work is far from done. We urge the govern­ment to build on this mo­men­tum and im­ple­ment poli­cies to trig­ger the next step-change in road safety.”

RE­PORT: Transport Scot­land has re­vealed ca­su­al­ties on the roads are at their low­est level

Humza Yousaf

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