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Road casualties in Scotland down 10% as pedestrian deaths fall

The number of people killed and injured on Scotland's roads fell by 10% last year thanks to a reduction in pedestrian fatalities.

But there was an increase in the number of cyclists, motorcyclists and car users killed.

Total casualties were down from 12,722 to 11,493 - the lowest since records began - according to Transport Scotland Statisticians.

Fatalities fell by 3% from 178 to 172 and serious injuries by 16% to 1,667.

Of the nine children killed, five were walking, two were cycling and two were travelling by car.

Overall, 1,062 children were injured or killed on the roads, a fall of 9%.

Casualty numbers for all modes of transport fell, including 12% for pedestrians, 11% for motorcyclists and 3% for cyclists.

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