Scottish road casualty statistics released

Provisional statistics show the number of road casualties in Scotland have reached their lowest level ever.

The figures which provide provisional statistics of road injury accidents and casualties for 2012, show the number of fatalities on Scotland’s roads are down 8% since 2011, with the total number of road casualties down by 2% to the lowest figure ever recorded.

Transport Minister Keith Brown (pictured) said: “The latest data on reported road casualties in Scotland has been published which provides further encouraging evidence that we are making good progress in driving down road casualties to their lowest ever level.

“However there is simply no room for complacency. While the numbers of fatal accidents have fallen again, one death on Scotland’s roads is simply one too many and our focus continues to be ensuring we drive the numbers down further.

“While much has been achieved we recognise there is still much to do particularly in respect of safety issues for pedal cyclists, motorcyclists and pedestrians. With our partners, we are investing over £58 million over this spending review on cycling infrastructure, training and road safety messages.”

Ian Aitken, chief executive of Cycling Scotland, added: “While the overall statistics for road safety have improved, the statistics relating to vulnerable road users like pedestrians and cyclists are concerning. The annual summit between the Transport Minister Keith Brown and senior transport officials from local authorities in September will provide an opportunity to focus on cycle safety as one of its priorities.”

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