Scotland meets casualty target.

Provisional figures published by the Scottish Government today reveal that 208 people were killed in reported road accidents in Scotland in 2010, four per cent fewer than in 2009, and 1,960 people were seriously injured, 14 per cent fewer than the previous year. A total of 11,156 people were slightly injured, representing a reduction of 11 per cent.

Scotland had been working towards a Department for Transport target, set in 2000, to reduce the number of people killed or seriously injured (KSI) in road accidents by 40 per cent by 2010, based on a baseline average from 1994-98. The reduction in KSI casualties in Scotland exceeded this target, falling by 55 per cent.

Another target to be achieved by 2010 was a 50 per cent reduction in the number of children who were killed or seriously injured on the roads, also based on the 1994-98 average. In Scotland, this target was also exceeded, with a 73 per cent reduction.

The country also exceeded a target for reducing the slight casualty rate.

Disappointingly, from 2009 to 2010, there was no change in the number of pedestrians killed (47) and two more cyclists were killed (seven). The number of female fatalities rose by 15 per cent (to 62). Also from 2009 to 2010, the overall reduction in fatalities (four per cent) was much less than reductions seen in previous years.

Key 2010 Reported Road Casualty Statistics is available from the Scottish Government website at www.scotland.gov.uk/Publications/2011/06/17140155/0.

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