1. Main Points

Key Reported Road Casualties Scotland 2015

1. Main Points

1.1 There were a total of 10,950 road casualties reported in 2015 this is 357 or 3% fewer than 2014 and the lowest number of casualties since records began in 1950. Of which there were:

  • 162 fatalities: 41 (or 20%) less than 2014 - This updates National Indicator 32: “Reduce deaths on Scotland’s roads.”
  • 1,597 seriously injured: 107 (or 6%) less than 2014
  • 9,191 slightly injured: 209 (or 2%) fewer than 2014 [Table 2].

1.2 By mode, in 2015 there were:

  • 6,701 car users injured (84, 1% less than 2014); including 72 fatalities (22 less than 2014)
  • 1,688 pedestrian casualties (66, 4% less than 2014); including 41 fatalities (18 less than 2014)
  • 734 motorcycle casualties (94, 11% less than 2014); including 27 fatalities (3 less than 2014)
  • 794 pedal cycle casualties (11% less than 2014); including 5 fatalities (3 fewer than 2014)
  • 332 bus and coach user casualties (41, 27% more than 2014)  [Table 3].

These figures take no account of changes in modal choice so changes could be because more or fewer people are travelling by a particular mode.

1.3 In 2015 there were 974 child casualties reported, 59 (6%) fewer than in 2014. This included 5 fatalities, 2 fewer than last year [Table 4].  Conclusions on trend cannot be made from a single year’s data as the numbers are small and fluctuate from year to year. Trends using a three year average are included in table 7.

1.4 In 2015 male fatalities fell by 27, 18% (to 123). Female fatalities fell by 14, 26% (to 39).  Fifteen per cent (1,686) of all casualties were aged 16–22, a fall of 10% on 2014, of which 950 were male and 736 were female.  Casualties aged under 5 fell by 10%, from 162 to 146 between 2014 and 2015 [Table 12].

1.5 Scotland’s road safety framework to 2020 contains 5 national targets for casualty reductions by 2020 – a reduction compared to the 2004-2008 baseline has been achieved in each case:

  • 162 people were killed in 2015, a reduction of 44% since the baseline (2020 target: 40% reduction) [Table 5]
  • 1,597 people were seriously injured in 2015, a reduction of 39% since the baseline (2020 target: 55% reduction) [Table 6]
  • On average, there were 7 children killed each year between 2013 and 2015: a reduction of 55% since the baseline (2020 target: 50% reduction) [Table 7]
  • There were 140 children seriously injured in 2015: a reduction of 57% since the baseline (2020 target: 65% reduction) [Table 8]
  • the 2015 slight casualty rate was 20.26 casualties per 100 million vehicle kilometres, a reduction of 38% since the baseline (2020 target: 10% reduction) [Table 9].