Scottish road deaths up whilst injuries fall
The number of deaths on Scottish roads rose from 172 in 2013 to 200 last year - a 16.2% increase.
This figure is a break in the recent trend, which has seen the UK’s general road fatalities fall in recent years, with 2012 marking the lowest ever road fatality figure.
Despite deaths on the road being up in Scotland, less drivers are being injured in road accidents now than ever before north of the border, with figures dropping to 11,240 in 2014.
The areas of Scotland with the most incidents have also been researched, with Glasgow, Aberdeenshire and Highland found to be the most susceptible to road death while Midlothian Clackmannanshire and East Renfrewshire saw no fatalities last year.
RAC spokesperson Pete Williams claimed that despite the rise in road deaths in Scotland, the long term future was relatively positive.
“The increase in the numbers of people killed or seriously injured in Scotland will focus transport minds, but the longer term outlook in Scotland is reasonably positive - overall casualties are now at their lowest level since records began, and the Scottish Government has clearly defined targets for reducing the numbers of people killed or seriously injured. In twelve months' time, we will find out if the 2015 target of a 30% reduction in people killed on the roads compared to 2004-08 averages has been met.”
Safety groups hope that the drop in casualties may eventually mean that the death toll increases too, with the newly founded Scottish government putting new road safety plans into action.