Good news has been released by Transport Scotland in relation to the number of deaths and injuries on Scotland’s roads in 2013. According to the latest figures there was a 10% drop in casualties during 2013. The figure of 11,498 was at its lowest level since records were first kept.
Unfortunately this good news was tempered by the fact that more car drivers, bikers and cyclists were killed last year. The total number of deaths recorded across every mode of transport (including the three mentioned above) did fall however, by 3%.
The Scottish Road Safety Framework was created in 2009 and these latest figures regarding injuries on Scotland’s roads keep the targets of that framework on track to be achieved by 2020. There were other encouraging statistics released as well, such as the fact that serious injuries sustained by those in road accidents dropped by 16%. Less severe injuries were also down, this time by 9%. While these figures are not as good as those targeted by the framework when it was created, they are significantly lower than they were at the start of the process. It is hoped they will be achieved by 2020.
How dangerous are Scottish roads?
These figures are very encouraging and they show the Scottish Road Safety Framework is indeed working. Deaths and injuries are all being reduced, but of course even one death or injury is one too many. Scottish roads are really no different from roads in other countries, although of course some of Scotland is mountainous and the rural roads bring with them their own dangers. It is imperative that all drivers take extra care on every road to help reduce the odds of accidents. The further we can reduce the figures the better.
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Date Published: November 11, 2014
Author: David Brown