Scots road casualties lowest for more than 50 years

The number of deaths and serious injuries on Scotland's roads fell to their lowest level for more than 50 years in 2007, according to latest statistics.

Provisional statistics for the UK from the UK Department for Transport show 282 people died on Scotland's roads in 2007, 10% downfrom 2006), with 2,315 people seriously injured (12 per cent fewer than 2006).

"These are encouraging statistics and I welcome the fall," Transport Minister Stewart Stevenson said. "However, we cannot and will not be complacent. It is clear that we can all do more to get our road safety messages across to people of all ages and all driving abilities.

"Road fatalities may be at their lowest level for more than 50 years, but 282 people dying on our roads is still 282 too many. We are currently working with the some of the leading thinkers on road safety from across Scotland and Europe to help inform a new Road Safety Strategy for Scotland which will be published later this year."
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