Measures set to reduce Fife road accidents

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FIFE Council and the Fife Community Safety Partnership are at the forefront of measures to improve road safety in Fife, resulting in the lowest ever recorded number of crashes and resulting injuries in 2011.

The Council’s Police, Fire & Safety Committee will consider a report by Dr. Bob McLellan, the Head of Transportation & Environmental Services, on Thursday 15 March which outlines the casualty figures for 2011 and Fife’s progress towards the 2015 & 2020 Scottish casualty reduction targets. The report shows that last year had the lowest ever recorded number of people injured on the roads.

The Committee will be asked to will note that there were 448 recorded crashes on Fife’s roads in 2011, resulting in a total of 597 casualties (11 fatal, 91 serious injuries and 495 slight injuries). This is a record low number of overall injuries for the second year running. The figures for serious injuries and slight injuries are both at record lows. In comparison during 2010 there were 555 crashes resulting in 13 fatal, 119 serious and 594 slight injuries.

The Committee will hear that in 2009, the Scottish Government set targets for casualty reduction which all local authority areas were expected to reach by 2020, with an interim target for 2015. These targets are based on the key criteria of reducing those killed and seriously injured and reducing the number of children within these groups, together with reducing the number of slight injuries. In 2011, Fife achieved the target for 2020 in terms of the number of people killed and that for 2015 in respect of serious injuries. There were again no child fatalities, exceeding the 2020 target, but there were 18 serious child injuries recorded. If recent trends continue, Fife is on track to maintain progress in 2012.

Dr. McLellan commented: “These are excellent results and reflect the hard work that is being done by all of the Community Safety partners to reduce the number of casualties on the roads of Fife. Through engineering solutions such as 20mph zones, education measures such as Safe Drive Stay Alive and Pass Plus and enforcement action from the Police and Fife Camera Safety Partnership, we are putting in place an effective framework of initiatives that is clearly working.

However, even with record low numbers of crashes and casualties on our road network there is no room for complacency, and we will continue to seek to reduce casualty rates still further.”