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Scotland records rise in road deaths

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Official data shows that the number of people killed in road collisions across Scotland rose by 32, from 141 to 173. This equates to a year-on-year increase of 23%.

The number of people seriously injured rose by 10% and the number of people slightly injured rose by 9%. By way of context, motor traffic volume increased by 9% in Scotland in 2022 compared with 2021.

Scotland’s transport minister Fiona Hyslop said: “One death on our roads is simply one too many. My thoughts are with the families and friends who have tragically lost a loved one, and those whose lives are changed forever.

“Road safety remains an absolute priority for this government and we are determined to continue working towards our goal of Scotland having the best road safety performance in the world by 2030.”

Looking longer term, the number of road deaths in 2022 was nearly identical to those a decade ago. Additionally, the number of people killed in 2022 is the highest since 2016. However, the total number of casualties recorded is the third lowest since annual records began in 1950.

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