Provisional statistics show almost 10,000 injured on Scottish roads

News from Brake
Monday, 20 November 2017

Almost 10,000 people were injured on roads in Scotland in the 12 months to June, recent figures show [1]. Provisional statistics from the Department for Transport reveal that 9,705 people were injured and 159 were killed in crashes on Scottish roads in the year to June 2017.

Other Government figures, published earlier in the year, showed a 14% rise in road deaths in Scotland during 2016 compared with 2015 [2]. A new analysis by Brake reveals that exceeding the speed limit was a factor in 291 crashes in Scotland last year, a rise of over a quarter (26%) since 2013 [3]. Travelling too fast for conditions contributed to 510 crashes during 2016.

Table: Reported road crashes by contributory factor, Scotland, 2013 to 2016 [3]

Contributory factor reported





Exceeding speed limit





Travelling too fast for conditions





Source: Department for Transport

The analysis marks the start of the UK’s biggest road safety event, Road Safety Week (20-26 November), coordinated by Brake. This year, thousands of organisations, schools and community groups are backing its Speed Down Save Lives campaign, helping to raise awareness about the dangers of driving too fast.

Travelling at higher speeds increases the distance it takes to stop in an emergency – both in terms of thinking and braking time – increasing the severity of any crash, the risk of loss of life and the extent of serious injury.

Brake is calling for the introduction of a default 20mph limit in all built-up areas, increased police enforcement and 'Intelligent Speed Adaptation', which helps drivers stay within the speed limit, to be fitted as standard to all new vehicles.

In September, the charity pledged its support for proposals put forward by Mark Ruskell MSP (Mid Scotland and Fife) for a default 20mph limit in built-up areas in Scotland, hailing the plans as a golden opportunity to save lives, promote sustainable transport and improve the environment.

Jason Wakeford, director of campaigns for Brake, the road safety charity, said: "Speeding remains a major problem, causing untold suffering to families up and down the country. Driving is unpredictable and if something unexpected happens on the road ahead, such as a child stepping out from between parked cars, it's a driver’s speed that determines whether they can stop in time and, if they can’t, how hard they will hit. That's why we're encouraging everyone to 'Speed Down Save Lives' for Road Safety Week this year.

"We fully support Mark Ruskell's proposed bill and want to see more urban areas going 20 right across the UK. Travelling at lower speeds drastically reduces the risk of death and serious injury and encourages more walking and cycling - relieving pressure on the NHS and other public services."

Lucas Bergmans, head of brand for Aviva, said: “At Aviva we’re all too familiar with the outcomes of road collisions, so we’re 100 per cent behind Brake’s Road Safety Week campaign. Travelling over speed limits can have catastrophic consequences, and these can be easily avoided. Aviva research shows that seven out of ten UK drivers admit to travelling over the speed limit from time to time, so we’d urge all motorists to pledge to keep their speed down, and help to make our roads safer."

Stephen Wornham, managing director of BriteAngle, said: “It is unacceptable that, with vehicles getting safer and more intelligent, so many people are being involved in road collisions. This data shows that more needs to be done to ensure motorists are aware of the hazards around them, and drive accordingly.”


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Notes to editors:

[1] Table RAS45011, Reported road casualties by police force area, Department for Transport, 2017.

[2] Figure 1, Key Reported Road Casualties Scotland 2016, Transport Scotland, 2017

[3] Table RAS50012, Reported road accidents by contributory factor, region and country, Great Britain, Department for Transport, 2016.

Road Safety Week

Road Safety Week is the UK’s flagship event to promote safer road use, coordinated annually by the charity Brake and involving thousands of schools, communities and organisations across the country. Road Safety Week 2017 takes place 20–26 November, with support from the Department for Transport and sponsors Aviva and BriteAngle.

About Brake

Brake is a national road safety and sustainable transport charity, founded in 1995, that exists to stop the needless deaths and serious injuries that happen on roads every day, make streets and communities safer for everyone, and care for families bereaved and injured in road crashes. Brake promotes road safety awareness, safe and sustainable road use, and effective road safety policies.

We do this through national campaignscommunity educationservices for road safety professionals and employers, and by coordinating the UK's flagship road safety event every November, Road Safety Week. Brake is a national, government-funded provider of support to families and individuals devastated by road death and serious injury, including through a helpline and support packs.

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Road crashes are not accidents; they are devastating and preventable events, not chance mishaps. Calling them accidents undermines work to make roads safer, and can cause insult to families whose lives have been torn apart by needless casualties.

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