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Road casualties lowest ever recorded

The lowest ever recorded figures for road casualties in Scotland have been published, according to Minister for Transport Keith Brown.The latest figures for 2011 show road casualties are 4% lower than in 2010, and include an 11% drop in fatalities over the same period.Mr Brown said:“We in the Scottish Government are very aware of the tragic and personal cost of every fatality on our roads.  I am therefore encouraged by the very latest data which shows total reported road casualties are now at their lowest level since records began. The number of casualties last year dropped by 575 - a fall of 4% on 2010 figures. There has also been a drop of 5% on those seriously injured and a further reduction of 11% on fatalities.“My deepest sympathies are of course with all of those who have been affected by incidents on our roads and we accept one death is simply one too many. That is why we are doing everything we can to reduce the numbers of casualties further.”

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FAI finds woman's mineshaft death avoidable

A Fatal Accident Inquiry (FAI) has found that the death of a woman who fell down a mineshaft might have been avoided if emergency services had rescued her sooner, reports the BBC.

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