29 October 2019, 09:30
A National Statistics Publication for Scotland
Finalised statistics for 2018 confirm that the number of people killed or seriously injured in reported road accidents in Scotland in 2018 has shown a slight increase from 2017, rising from 1,739 to 1,743.
The Reported Road Casualties publication released today by Transport Scotland statisticians provides finalised figures for the number of people injured or killed as a result of road accidents. The report also provides more detailed breakdowns than were contained in the provisional statistics released in June.
The finalised statistics for 2018 confirm that 161 people were killed in reported road accidents in Scotland in 2018, 16 more than in 2017. The number of people seriously injured decreased by one percent from 1,594 to 1,582. A significant drop in slight casualties means that the total number of casualties fell by eleven percent between 2017 and 2018 from 9,433 to 8,411, the lowest number since records began.
Other findings contained in the report include:
Compared with England and Wales, Scotland’s 2018 casualty rates were 8% higher (killed), 28% lower (serious) and 40% lower (all severities).
The figures released today were produced by independent statistical staff free from any political interference, in accordance with professional standards set out in the Code of Practice for Official Statistics.
The full statistical publication is available on the Transport Scotland website
0141 272 7199
These figures update the provisional figures published in Key Reported Road Casualties Scotland 2018 in June 2019. The figures included in this publication may differ from published Police Scotland management information due to the additional quality assurance steps undertaken in partnership with Police Scotland in the production of this report.
The statistics in the publication are used by Transport Scotland, Police Scotland, Local Authorities and road safety professionals across Scotland to target interventions to make Scotland’s roads safer.
The Scottish Road Safety Framework was launched in June 2009, outlining Scotland specific targets. Progress towards the 2020 casualty reduction targets is shown in section 8 of the publication. Each reduction target is assessed against the 2004/08 average. These targets are:
- a 40 percent reduction in the number of people killed in road traffic accidents;
- a 55 percent reduction in the number of people seriously injured;
- a 50 percent reduction in the number of children killed; Measured using an average of three years of data due to the small numbers and year on year fluctuations;
- a 65 percent reduction in the number of children seriously injured;
- a 10 percent reduction in the slight casualty rate, expressed as the number of people slightly injured per 100 million vehicle kilometres.
Official statistics are produced by professionally independent statistical staff – more information on the standards of official statistics in Scotland can be accessed at: http://www.scotland.gov.uk/Topics/Statistics/About