More people died in Scottish road traffic accidents last year than they did in the previous year, according to latest official figures.
The tally rose 16% from 172 in 2013 to 200 in 2014, Transport Scotland reported. The majority (93) were either motorists or passengers, followed by pedestrians (56).
There were also 31 motorcyclists and 8 cyclists killed. Two people died in accidents involving lorries while one person was killed in a coach or bus accident. Nine of the deaths were uncategorised.
The majority of the people killed were men. In fact, men were almost three times as likely to die than women with 149 male fatalities compared to just 51 females.
Seven of the fatalities were children, a drop of two on the previous year.
While the overall death toll increased, the amount of people hurt on Scottish roads reached a record low of 11,240.
Transport minister Derek Mackay called the hike in people severely hurt or killed in Scottish road accidents “disappointing”, but ministers are still hopeful that its 2009-set targets to lower car accident injury incidents will be met.
Initiatives to help lower accident numbers include reducing speed limits within cities and towns, with the capital Edinburgh leading the way through a raft of new 20mph roads.
A new reduced drink-drive ceiling was also introduced last December, while the A9 became the UK’s longest system of average speed cameras in October.
Mr Mackay says the results show the necessity for everyone to assume responsibility while using the country’s roads. But he welcomed the long-term reduction in road deaths, which have dropped by nearly a third compared with typical years between 2004 and 2008.
He said he was optimistic that Holyrood’s encouragement of local authorities in cities and towns to adopt more 20mph zones would reap safety rewards.
Date Published: June 19, 2015
Author: Jonathan Brown