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.
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.”