Date lodged: 17 October 2017
To ask the Scottish Government what its response is to the reported 14% increase in road deaths in Scotland.
Answered by: Humza Yousaf 7 November 2017
Disappointingly, 2016 saw an increase in road fatalities . One death on Scotland’s roads is always one too many and, while Police Scotland figures illustrate a slight improvement for the first half of 2017, all partners remain committed to securing our challenging and ambitious casualty reduction targets.
I recently attended the Road Safety Strategic Partnership Board meeting, which brings together key road safety partners, and I am encouraged by the work being done. The average speed camera system on the A9 continues to demonstrate a radical improvement in driver behaviour and the new A90 average speed camera system will, I am sure, be just as successful. Road Safety Scotland maintains delivery of effective learning resources, and the Seatbelts on School Transport (Scotland) Bill continues its progress through the Scottish Parliament.
It is encouraging that, overall, casualties fell by 1% between 2015 and 2016 from 10,973 to 10,901, the lowest number since records began, and the clear longer term downward trends should be acknowledged. Through continued education, enforcement and engineering, we are well placed to progress in the right direction towards our Road Safety Framework to 2020 targets.