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Scottish road casualty figures reach record low

Statistics recently published by Transport Scotland have revealed that road casualties in Scotland have fallen to their lowest level on record.

The figures for 2012 show overall casualties are down 1% on last year’s previous record low and down 34% on 2002 data. The number of fatalities on Scotland’s roads is down 6% on last year and 43% down on 2002. The updated statistics also estimate the number of people killed due to drink-drive accidents has fallen.

There was however a rise in the number of pedal cyclist casualties, an issue which the Scottish Government is determined to tackle by investing in improvements to cycling infrastructure, training and road safety.

Transport Minister Keith Brown said: “The latest data confirms road casualties in Scotland are at their lowest level since records began. There is much that is good news in these figures but in some respects we still have a long way to go. Our focus continues to be on driving the numbers down even further.

“We welcome the fall in young drivers involved in accidents and are also encouraged by the latest data which estimates that the number of people killed due to drink-drive accidents has dropped. However we are not complacent, with even one fatality on Scotland’s roads being one too many.”

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