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Road traffic accidents and casualties in Scotland
Transport Scotland has recently published details on the number of reported road accident and casualty statistics in Scotland during 2011.
The headline figures show that there were:
- 186 deaths on Scotland's roads in 2011 - 11% fewer than in 2010 (208), 47% fewer than 2001 (348) and the lowest figure since records began;
- 1,875 reported seriously injured in 2011 - 5% fewer than in 2010 (1,968), 45% fewer than 2001 (3,410) and the lowest number since records began;
- 12,770 reported casualties in total in 2011 - 4% fewer than in 2010 (13,338) and a 36% reduction on 2001 (19,911).
The statistics also show that:
- 66% of all road deaths (122 out of 186) in 2011 occurred on non-built up areas (i.e. speed limit greater than 40 mph), though fatality rates per distance travelled are similar to roads in built up areas;
- 53% of people who were seriously injured (1,000 out of 1,875) were involved in accidents on built-up roads;
- Motorways have the lowest accident rates. Fatal accident rates tend to be higher on non built-up roads and rates are highest on B roads. Overall accident rates (including slight injury accidents) tend to be highest for built-up B, C and unclassified roads.
The estimated total cost of all road accidents (including damage only accidents) fell by 6%, from £1,208 million in 2010 to £1,140 million in 2011 (in 2010 prices), this is partly the result of a fall in the average number of casualties per accident from 1.30 in 2010 to 1.28 in 2011.
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