Transport Scotland Statisticians have released figures that show the number of people killed in road accidents in the country increased in 2018.
These provisional headline figures from Transport Scotland Statisticians show that, amidst the increase in deaths, the total number of casualties actually decreased between 2017 and 2018.
According to Transport Scotland Statisticians, 160 people were killed in reported road accidents in the country last year – 15 more than in 2017.
However, in terms of accidents where people were either killed or injured, there has been a fall of 11%, from 9,433 in 2017, to 8,402 in 2018.
In addition, the number of people seriously injured on Scotland’s roads fell by 1% to 1,581.
Further digging into the casualties reported in Scotland in 2018 in comparison to the year before shows that there was a 16% drop in child casualties on the roads; 10 fewer children were seriously injured in 2018 than in 2017.
However, there were three child fatalities – one more than in 2017.
In terms of those using the roads for transport, there was an increase of one in the number of pedal cyclists killed, five fewer pedestrian fatalities; meanwhile, 11 fewer car user fatalities were recorded, but four more motorcyclists were killed.
The number of pedestrians seriously injured fell from 379 to 362, and the story was similar for pedal cyclists, with a reduction of those seriously injured from 171 to 156.
The road safety framework in place in Scotland contains five national targets for casualty reductions to 2020; the country’s performance shows it is on track to meet three of the five targets.
For all however, there has been significant improvement in the targets from 2004-2008.
It is clear that progress has been made; however, it is equally as obvious that further improvements are required to ensure road safety for vulnerable road users, and other motorists.
Transport Scotland has opened up its Road Safety Framework Fund, which will support innovative ideas and projects to improve road safety.