Road deaths increase in Scotland

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The number of people killed on roads in Scotland grew in 2014 by 16 per cent compared to 2013.

Transport Scotland Statisticians revealed the worrying statistic yesterday, with a total of 200 road deaths over the 12-month period.

The total number of casualties for the year stood at 11,240, a decrease of two per cent compared to 2013, however it is the number of fatalities that has grabbed the headlines.

One of the most startling and alarming stats concerned motorcycle road casualties. According to the survey, there was a 44.6 per cent rise in motorbike road casualties compared to 2013, including eight more deaths than in the previous year.

On top of the concerning rise in two-wheel incidents, cars have also seen a rise in fatalities, as have pedestrians.

All in all, the survey makes for pretty bad reading and a number of road safety lobby groups have responded to the information.

Neil Greig, from The Institute of Advanced Motorists (IAM), said: “While in many areas figures are falling, in some very important ones they have risen alarmingly.

“Alongside the government the IAM want to see more incentives for individuals and companies to improve the quality of their driving and riding. New roads and new cars have delivered year on year death reductions for decades but the underlying human factors involved must now receive even higher priority.”

Brake also voiced its concern, calling on the Scottish government at Holyrood to take more action.

Ed Morrow, campaigns office at Brake, said: “The statistics from Scotland reaffirm the grim fact that became apparent in February – road casualties across the UK are heading in the wrong direction, with many more senseless, preventable deaths and life-changing injuries.

“However, unlike other parts of the UK, Scotland has the power to act independently to tackle the problem.”

The news follows a recent revelation that motorcycle road deaths in London also grew in 2014.

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