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Road fatalities and serious injuries rise in Scotland

A total of 191 people were killed in reported road accidents in Scotland in 2016; up 14% on 2015.

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According to DfT data, road crashes in 2015 cost the British economy an estimated £35.55bn including human costs and lost productivity.

The final statistics for road casualties published by Transport Scotland also show that the number of people seriously injured was up 6% to 1,697. The total number of people slightly injured fell 2% to 9,013 while total casualties was down 1% to 10,901.

The figures also show that, in 2016, there were 1,000 child casualties in reported road accidents, an increase of 4% since 2015. This included 12 fatalities, 8 more than 2015, and 167 children who were seriously injured, up from 139 in 2015.

There were three more pedal cyclists killed than in 2015 and 12 less pedestrian fatalities. There were also three more motorcyclists killed and thirty one more car user fatalities.

Scotland’s transport minister Humza Yousaf said: “One death on Scotland’s roads is one too many and all partners remain entirely committed to securing our challenging and ambitious casualty reduction targets.”

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Natalie Middleton

Natalie has worked as a fleet journalist for 14 years, previously as assistant editor on the former Company Car magazine before joining Fleet World in 2006. Prior to this, she worked on a range of B2B titles, including Insurance Age and Insurance Day. Natalie works across the magazine portfolio and updates the company websites with daily news, interviews and road test content.