While the overall number of people killed on Scotland’s roads in 2012 was the lowest since records began, there was a rise in the number of pedestrian and cyclist fatalities, and a rise in the number of people seriously injured, according to provisional figures published by Transport Scotland.
Overall, there were 170 road deaths in Scotland in 2012 – 15 (8%) fewer than in 2011 and the lowest number since current records began more than 60 years ago. However, 1,959 people were seriously injured – 82 (4%) more than in 2011.
898 cyclists were injured on Scotland’s roads in 2012 (9% more than in 2011). Of these, nine were killed (two more than in 2011) and 167 were seriously injured (11 more than in 2011).
There were 1,950 pedestrian casualties (5% fewer than in 2011). Of these, 54 were killed (11 more than in 2012) and 456 were seriously injured (58 fewer than in 2011).
Among motorcyclists, there were 864 casualties (7% more than in 2011), including 21 deaths (12 fewer than in 2011) and 342 serious injuries (49 more than in 2011).
There were 7,577 car user casualties, of which 72 were killed (17 fewer than in 2011) and 836 were seriously injured (80 more than in 2011).
There were welcome reductions in child casualties, including deaths (two in 2012 compared to seven in 2011) and serious injuries.
Karen McDonnell, head of RoSPA Scotland, said the figures highlight the need to focus on reducing cyclist and pedestrian casualties.
She said: “The road casualty figures for Scotland show that we cannot lose sight of the work that still needs to be done on making our roads safer, particularly where vulnerable road users like cyclists and pedestrians are concerned.
“RoSPA encourages people to walk and cycle and we know that concerns about safety are often cited as barriers to these modes of transport. We therefore support initiatives that seek to improve the safety of cyclists and pedestrians because they can prevent injuries and have other health advantages too.”
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