Road fatalities in Scotland down to a record low

The number of people killed on the roads dropped 11% last year, according to Scottish government figures.

The figures for 2011 also showed those seriously injured went down 5% compared with the previous year.

Road death and injury numbers are now at their lowest recorded level, down 47% and 45% respectively since 2001.

The transport minister said authorities have taken a co-ordinated approach based on education and enforcement and had sought to meet ambitious targets.

'Tragic cost'

However Keith Brown said there was no room for complacency.

He said: "The very latest data on reported road casualties provides encouraging evidence we are making good progress in driving down road casualties, with numbers at their lowest level since records began over 60 years ago.

"I am acutely aware of the tragic and personal cost of every fatality on our roads and we must continue to do everything we can to reduce those figures further still."

Dep Ch Con Tom Ewing, Association of Chief Police Officers in Scotland, said: "Too many people, including children, are losing their lives needlessly every week.

"The Scottish Police Service works daily with our road safety partners targeting those who take risks on the roads and put the lives of others at risk."

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