One hundred and forty six people killed in road accidents in 2017

Final statistics for 2017 confirm that one hundred and forty six people were killed in reported road accidents in Scotland in 2017, 24 per cent less than in 2016. 
Transport Scotland statisticians today released final figures for road casualties reported to the police in Scotland in 2017.  The figures show the total number of casualties fell by fourteen per cent between 2016 and 2017 from 10,905 to 9,428, the lowest number since records began. As well as the decrease in fatalities between 2016 and 2017, the number of people seriously injured also decreased by six per cent to 1,589.
Child casualties
The figures also show that, in 2017, there were 901 child casualties in reported road accidents, a decrease of 10 per cent since 2016.  This included two fatalities, 10 fewer than 2016, and 152 children who were seriously injured, down from 167 in 2016.
Fatalities for different modes of travel
There were three fewer pedal cyclists killed than in 2016 but six more pedestrian fatalities. There was also one less motorcyclist killed and forty one fewer car user fatalities.
Serious injuries for different modes of travel
2017 saw a thirteen per cent decrease in car users seriously injured and a six per cent reduction in pedestrians seriously injured. However, there was a 16 per cent increase in pedal cyclists seriously injured and the number of motorcyclists seriously injured increased by five per cent.
Scottish Road Safety Framework targets
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 2017 there was:
• A 50 per cent reduction in fatalities ( the ultimate 2020 target is a 40% reduction). 
• A 39 per cent reduction in serious injuries (the ultimate 2020 target is a 55% reduction).
• A reduction of 61 per cent in the number of children killed over a 3 year period (the ultimate 2020 target is a 50% reduction).
• A reduction of 53% in the number of children seriously injured (the ultimate 2020 target is a 65% reduction).
• A 51 per cent reduction in the slight casualty rate (the ultimate 2020 target is a 10% 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.

Published 24 Oct 2018 Tags