Reported road casualties in Scotland, 2017

New provisional figures from Transport Scotland show that there were a total of 9,391 road casualties reported in 2017, which is 1,514 or 14% fewer than in 2016. This represents the lowest number of casualties recorded on Scotland’s roads since records began in 1950.

Broken down by casualty type, the statistics show:

  • 146 fatalities:  45 (or 24%) less than 2016
  • 1,580 seriously injured: 119 (or 7%) less than 2016
  • 7,665 slightly injured:  1,350 (or 15%) fewer than 2016

Overall, there were:

  • 5,685 car user casualties (1,014 or 15% less than 2016), including 65 fatalities (41 less than 2016)
  • 1,350 pedestrian casualties (317 or 19% less than 2016), including 38 fatalities (6 more than 2016) 
  • 899 child casualties reported in Scotland, which is 100 (10%) less than in 2016. This included 2 fatalities, which is 10 fewer than the previous year.

As conclusions on injury trends cannot be made from a single year’s data, three-year average trends are also shown in the Statistical Bulletin. On this measure, on average, there were 6 children killed each year between 2015 and 2017; a reduction of 61% since the baseline for Scotland’s road safety framework to 2020 (the 2020 national target is for a 50% reduction). 

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Updated July 2018