Key Reported Road Casualties Scotland 2011

Date: 
20 June 2012
Transport Scotland’s Statisticians today published Key Reported Road Casualties Scotland 2011

Transport Scotland’s Statisticians today published Key Reported Road Casualties Scotland 2011. This bulletin presents provisional statistics of road injury accidents and casualties reported to the police.  The full publication is available from: http://tinyurl.com/c9czhg2

Main Findings

2011 provisional figures show there were 12,763 reported road casualties, (575 or 4 per cent fewer than 2010), the lowest figure recorded. Of which there were:

  • 186 fatalities: 22 (or 11 per cent) fewer than 2010
  • 1,873 seriously injured: 95 (or 5 per cent) fewer than 2010
  • 10,704 slightly injured: 458 (or 4 per cent) fewer than 2010
  • 1,315 child casualties, 63 (5 per cent) fewer than in 2010, including 7 fatalities, 5 of which were car passengers.

Mode

  • 7,768 car users injured (6 per cent fewer than 2010); including 89 fatalities (15 per cent fewer than 2010)
  • 2,057 pedestrian casualties (2 per cent more than 2010); including 43 fatalities (4 less than 2010)
  • 807 motorcyclist casualties (4 per cent fewer than 2010); including 33 fatalities (2 less than 2010)
  • 824 pedal cyclist casualties (6 per cent more than 2010); including 7 fatalities (the same as 2010)

These figures take no account of changes in modal choice so changes could be because more or less people are travelling by a particular mode.  The winter weather in December 2010 and mild winter in 2011 will also have had an impact.

Age & Gender

  • Male road casualties fell by 3 per cent (to 7,293 in 2011), with fatalities falling by 5 per cent (to 139). Males account for 57 per cent of all reported road fatalities
  • Female road casualties fell by 6 per cent (to 5,463) with fatalities falling by 24 per cent (to 47 in 2011)
  • 18 per cent (2,239) of all casualties were aged 16–22, a fall from 2,491 in 2010

Road Safety Framework Targets

There are currently 5 national targets for casualty reductions by 2020 – these figures show a reduction compared to the baseline for each:

  • 186 people were killed in 2011, 36 per cent below the 2004-08 baseline average level (target of 40 per cent).  This is also an update to National Indicator 32, to reduce deaths on Scotland’s roads
  • 1,873 people were seriously injured in 2011, 28 per cent below the 2004-08 baseline average level (target of 55 per cent)
  • On average 5 children were killed between 2009 and 2011: 65 per cent below the 2004-08 average (target of 50 per cent)
  • 203 children were seriously injured in 2011: 38 per cent below the 2004-08 average (target of 65 per cent)
  • A slight casualty rate of 25.67 casualties per 100 million vehicle kilometres in 2010 (the latest available traffic volume estimate): 21 per cent below the 2004-08 average (target of 10 per cent)

More detailed analyses of the final 2011 figures will appear later in the publication Reported Road Casualties Scotland 2011 due in October.

Background

This bulletin presents provisional statistics of injury road accidents (i.e. road accidents in which one or more people were killed or injured) in Scotland in 2011. Final figures will be published in Reported Road Casualties Scotland 2011 in October and will include extensive analyses of the numbers of accidents, vehicles and casualties.

The Scottish Road Safety Framework was launched in June 2009. This outlined Scottish specific targets which were to be adopted after the 2010 GB targets. This can be accessed at: http://www.scotland.gov.uk/Publications/2009/10/01090036/0.  Progress towards the 2020 casualty reduction targets is shown in section 8 of the bulletin. Each reduction target is assessed against the 2004/08 average.  These targets are:

  • a 40 per cent reduction in the number of people killed in road traffic accidents
  • a 55 per cent reduction in the number of people seriously injured 
  • a 50 per cent 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 per cent reduction in the number of children seriously injured    
  • a 10 per cent reduction in the slight casualty rate, expressed as the number of people slightly injured per 100 million vehicle kilometres

The first target is also part of the Scottish Government National Performance Framework, National Indicator 32 to reduce deaths on Scotland’s roads.

Further information on Transport and Travel statistics within Scotland can be accessed at: http://www.transportscotland.gov.uk/analysis/statistics

National Statistics are produced by professionally independent statistical staff – more information on the standards of National Statistics in Scotland can be accessed at: http://www.scotland.gov.uk/Topics/Statistics/About

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