Decrease in number of people killed on Scotland’s roads

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One hundred and sixty two people were killed in reported road accidents in Scotland in 2015, 41 fewer than in 2014.

Transport Scotland Statisticians today released provisional headline figures for road casualties reported to the police in Scotland in 2015.

The figures show that the total number of casualties fell by three per cent between 2014 and 2015 from 11,307 to 10,950, to the lowest number since records began.

The number of people seriously injured also decreased by six per cent to 1,597.

The figures also show that in 2015 there were 974 child casualties in reported road accidents, a decrease of 6 per cent since 2014.

This included five fatalities, 2 fewer than 2014 and 140 children who were seriously injured, down from 172 in 2014.

There were three fewer pedal cyclists killed than in 2014 and 18 fewer pedestrian fatalities. There were also three fewer motorcyclists killed and 22 fewer car user fatalities.

2015 saw a six per cent reduction in car users seriously injured and motor cyclist serious injuries fell by 22 per cent.

Pedestrian and other modes of transport also saw decreases in the number of people seriously injured. However, the number of bus and coach users seriously injured increased from 28 to 49 and pedal cyclists seriously injured from 159 to 164 between 2014 and 2015.

These statistics provide updates on progress against Scotland’s road safety targets as set out in the Scottish Road Safety Framework. Compared to the 2004-2008 baseline, in 2015 there were:

162 fatalities, representing a reduction of 44 per cent on the 2004-2008 baseline. (The 2015 milestone is a 30% reduction with the 2020 target a reduction of 40%.