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Continued reductions in casualties on Scotland’s roads

The number of people killed and injured on Scotland’s roads fell by ten per cent last year with casualty numbers in 2013 at the lowest level since records began.

Transport Scotland Statisticians today released provisional headline figures for road casualties reported to the police in Scotland in 2013.  The figures show that casualties fell by ten per cent between 2012 and 2013 from 12,722 to 11,493, with fatalities falling by three per cent from 178 to 172 and serious injuries falling by 16 per cent to 1,667.

Casualty numbers for all modes of transport fell, including a 12 per cent fall in pedestrian casualties, an 11 per cent fall for motorcycle casualties and a 3 per cent fall in pedal cycle casualties.  There were increases in fatalities amongst car users, motorcyclists and cyclists but pedestrian fatalities fell after an increase in 2012.

These statistics provide updates on progress against Scotland’s road safety targets as set out in the Scottish Road Safety Framework.  Compared to the 2004-2008 baseline, in 2013 there were:
• 172 fatalities, a reduction of 41 per cent (2020 target: 40% reduction).  This also updates National Indicator 32, to reduce deaths on Scotland’s roads.
• 1,667 serious injuries, a reduction of 36 per cent (2020 target: 55% reduction)
• an average of 6 children killed over the last three years, a reduction of 61 per cent (2020 target: 50% reduction)
• 143 children seriously injured, a reduction of 56% (2020 target: 65% reduction)

The figures released today were produced by independent statistical staff free from any political interference, in accordance with professional standards set out in the Code of Practice for Official Statistics.


The full statistical publication is available on the Transport Scotland website

The publication presents provisional statistics of injury road accidents (i.e. road accidents in which one or more people were killed or injured) in Scotland in 2013. Final figures will be published in Reported Road Casualties Scotland 2013 in October and will include extensive analyses of the numbers of accidents, vehicles and casualties.  The figures included in this publication will also differ from Police Scotland management information.

The statistics in the publication are used by Transport Scotland, Police Scotland, Local Authorities and road safety professionals across Scotland to target interventions to make Scotland’s roads safer.

The Scottish Road Safety Framework was launched in June 2009, outlining Scotland specific targets. This can be accessed by clicking here.  Progress towards the 2020 casualty reduction targets is shown in section 8 of the publication. Each reduction target is assessed against the 2004/08 average.  These targets are:
• a 40 per cent reduction in the number of people killed in road traffic accidents;
• a 55 per cent reduction in the number of people seriously injured; 
• a 50 per cent reduction in the number of children killed; Measured using an average of three years of data due to the small numbers and year on year fluctuations.
• a 65 per cent reduction in the number of children seriously injured;     and
• a 10 per cent reduction in the slight casualty rate, expressed as the number of people slightly injured per 100 million vehicle kilometres
The first target is also part of the Scottish Government National Performance Framework, National Indicator 32 to reduce deaths on Scotland’s roads.

Further information on Transport and Travel statistics within Scotland can be accessed on the Transport Scotland website.

Official statistics are produced by professionally independent statistical staff – more information on the standards of official statistics in Scotland can be accessed on the Scottish Government website.

For media enquiries contact the Transport Scotland Press Office: 0141 272 7195

Publication Date: 
Wed 25/Jun/2014
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