Road death toll rises despite drop in number of crashes

Last year, 168 people were killed on Scotland’s roads, an increase of seven from 2018.

The number of people killed on Scotland’s roads has increased despite a fall in accidents, according to new figures.

Last year, 168 road deaths were recorded in Scotland, an increase of seven from 2018.

In 2019, there were 5686 accidents in which someone was killed or injured, 12% fewer than in 2018 and the lowest number since records began.

A total of 2001 people were seriously injured in 2019 and the number of child casualties fell by 1% to 759, including two fatalities and 196 who were seriously injured.

Deaths among cyclists rose by two to eight, while pedestrian fatalities rose by 12 to 48.

Transport secretary Michael Matheson said: “These figures for 2019 show that yet again, overall road casualties on Scotland’s roads remain at their lowest levels since records began.

“Sadly, it remains the case that from this lower total number of casualties, more people have died on Scotland’s roads compared to last year.

“While we are on track to exceed our reduction target for fatal collisions, I know that this offers no comfort to the friends and family of those who have tragically lost their lives.”

He added: “Road safety partners remain determined to achieve our Vision Zero ambition – where no-one is killed on Scotland’s roads.

“Later this year, we will consult on a new Road Safety Framework for the next decade, which will have a renewed focus on pedestrians and cyclists, as recommended by the newly adopted Stockholm Declaration, and will ensure our road safety vision is informed by the latest thinking to help keep all road users safe.”

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