New statistics show that 191 people were killed in reported road accidents in Scotland during 2016, a year-on-year rise of 14%.
Published by Transport Scotland today (11 Oct), the figures also show that the number of people seriously injured also increased, up 6% to 1,697.
However, the total number of casualties fell by 1% to 10,901 – the lowest number since records began.
Humza Yousaf, Scotland’s transport minister, has described the figures as ‘disappointing’ – but says that Scotland remains on track to deliver the objectives set out in Scotland’s Road Safety Framework to 2020.
The new figures also show that in 2016, there were 1,000 child casualties, a year-on-year rise of 4%. This included 12 fatalities, eight more than 2015, and 167 serious injuries – up from 139.
Looking at road user type, pedestrian casualties fell by 27% to 32 – as did the number seriously injured, down 7% to 396.
There were eight pedal cyclists killed in 2016, three more than in 2015. However, the number of cyclists seriously injured fell by 10% to 148.
The number of motorcyclist deaths and seriously injured both rose. Deaths increased by 11% to 30, while the numbers seriously injured rose 4% to 268.
The objectives set out in Scotland’s Road Safety Framework to 2020 are:
- Fatalities: 175
- Seriously injured: 1,172
- Children (under 16) killed: 8
- Children (under 16) seriously injured: 114
Humza Yousaf said: “The publication today confirms what we know from statistics provided in June 2017. It’s disappointing that there has been an increase in the number of fatalities and the number of people seriously injured on our roads in 2016.
“From last year, we can see that overall casualties fell by 1% between 2015 and 2016 from 10,973 to 10,901, the lowest number since records began, and there are clear longer term downward trends we should acknowledge.
“There are 35% reductions in both fatal and serious injuries compared to the 2004-2008 baseline figures. We remain on track to deliver the objectives set out in Scotland’s Road Safety Framework to 2020.
“Through continued education, enforcement and engineering, we are well placed to progress in the right direction towards our targets, making Scotland’s roads safer for everyone."
Category: Statistics & data.