Provisional figures published by the Scottish Government show that KSI casualties in Scotland fell by 55% in the period 2000-2010, beating the 40% target set by the DfT.
Provisional figures reveal that 208 people were killed in reported road accidents in Scotland in 2010; 4% fewer than in 2009. 1,960 people were seriously injured; 14% fewer than the previous year. A total of 11,156 people were slightly injured; representing a reduction of 11%.
The target to reduce child KSIs by 50% by 2010 was also exceeded, with the final provisional figure being a 73% reduction.
However, from 2009 to 2010 there was no change in the number of pedestrians killed (47) and two more cyclists were killed (seven). The number of female fatalities rose by 15%. Additionally, the overall 4% reduction in fatalities in the same period was less than reductions seen in previous years.
The news was welcomed by RoSPA. Kathleen Braidwood, road safety officer at RoSPA Scotland, said: “It is a significant achievement for Scotland to have reduced road casualties further than the targets set in 2000.
“Scotland is now working towards a new set of casualty reduction targets set out in Scotland’s Road Safety Framework to 2020, which was published in 2009. And they are challenging targets: a 40% reduction in fatalities; a 55% reduction in seriously injured casualties; a 50% reduction in under-16s killed; and a 65% reduction in under-16s seriously injured.”
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