Scottish casualties hit record low

Scottish casualties hit record low

New data has shown that deaths and injuries on Scotland's roads have decreased to the lowest figure ever recorded.

Last year there were a total of 12,763 casualties, which is down 575 compared with 2010 statistics. Out of that proportion, the number of people who died fell by 22 to stand at 186, while injuries dropped by 553 to 12,577.

There were also less children hurt in car accidents in 2011, down 63 to 1,315 in contrast to the previous year. The figure takes into account seven fatalities, five of which were passengers in vehicles.

Unsafe driving is a common reason behind accidents, and places road users at risk. It could also hike upcar insurance premiums if accidents do occur.

But despite the figures, assistant chief constable Tom Ewing, secretary of the Association of Chief Police Officers in Scotland's road policing team, called for more action to push the figures down lower.

He said: "Tackling drink and drug driving along with other driving offences remains a high priority for the Scottish police service and we will continue to work closely with our road safety partners to tackle these important issues and make Scotland's roads safer."

Copyright Press Association 2012