The number of people killed in road accidents dropped 17%, one year after Scotland’s drink-drive limit was lowered, according to new data.
Deaths have fallen from a total of 203 in 2014, to 168 in 2015.
There was also a drop in the total number of casualties, which fell by 3% between 2014 and 2015 from 11,307 to 10,968, the lowest number since records began.
“Milestones are being met”
There was also a drop in the number of children injured in 2015, with 972 child casualties in reported road accidents, a decrease of 6% since 2014.
This included four fatalities, three fewer than 2014, and 139 children who were seriously injured, down from 172 in 2014.
Transport minister Humza Yousaf said: “These latest figures confirm the downward trend in road casualties, that key milestone reductions are being met and we are on track to continue to achieve casualty reductions towards our 2020 targets.
“This progress is to be welcomed but we want to go even further, building on the strong partnership approach which identified three key priority focus areas for activity through to 2020 – speed, age and vulnerable road users.”
Injuries to cyclists are rising
However, despite the promising news, there was a 3% increase in pedal cyclists being seriously injured, while seriously injured casualties on buses increased from 28 to 49 between 2014 and 2015.
But the figures also show there are three fewer pedal cyclists killed than in 2014 and 15 fewer pedestrian fatalities. Three fewer motorcyclists were killed and 19 fewer car users.
Lucy Amos, a spokeswoman for Brake, the road safety charity, said: “These are promising steps towards Scotland meeting its road safety targets for 2020, however those involved cannot afford to grow complacent, with the increase in cyclists seriously injured over the past year showing that more work needs to be done to ensure this downward trend continues.”
The statistics update provisional figures published in June.
Source: BBC News
Date Published: October 25, 2016
Author: Jonathan Brown