Rise in fatalities on Scottish roads

Rise in fatalities on Scottish roads (image credit: iStock/Kichigin)

New data published by Transport Scotland has highlighted an increase in fatalities on the nation's roads during the last year.

According to the findings, a total of 91 people lost their lives on Scotland's roads in 2016 – 23 more than the number recorded in the previous year.

At the same time, 2016 witnessed a 19 per cent increase in the number of car users seriously injured in accidents, while motorcyclist accident numbers rose by four per cent.

Responding to the rise in fatalities, transport minister Humza Yousaf stated: "It's disappointing that there has been an increase in the number of fatalities and the number of people seriously injured on our roads in 2016.

"The Scottish government and our road safety partners will redouble our efforts in order to reach our ambitious and challenging casualty reduction targets set out in Scotland's Road Safety Framework to 2020."

It aims to achieve a dramatic improvement on accident volumes across Scotland in comparison to the 2004 to 2008 baseline, with a 55 per cent reduction in accident numbers by the end of the decade.

Last year's results place current progress at 35 per cent, highlighting the fact that more now needs to be done to improve Scottish road safety.

Ben Robb, brand manager at Dieselink, adds: "An increase in fatalities last year should be a wake up call for the authorities, with greater effort to safeguard drivers, cyclists and pedestrians now being viewed as a top priority for all."