Road casualties at a record low

A703 RTA'A Police road block on the A703 at Hillend due to an RTA which injured two drivers.   Pic. Neil Hanna
A703 RTA'A Police road block on the A703 at Hillend due to an RTA which injured two drivers. Pic. Neil Hanna
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ROAD casualties in Fife were at a record low last year.

Figures show there were 448 recorded crashes on the Kingdom’s roads in 2011, resulting in a total of 597 casualties.

That number comprises 11 fatalities, 91 serious injuries and 495 minor injuries.

In 2010 there were 555 accidents, resulting in more than 700 casualties.

Yesterday (Thursday) the statistics were presented to Fife Council’s police, fire and safety committee in a report by transport chief Dr Bob McLellan.

The council is working towards the Scottish Government’s road safety and casualty reduction targets for 2015 and 2020.

It has already reached the goals in a number of areas, including the 2020 targets for fatalities and child fatalities — of which there were none in 2011 — and the 2015 target for serious injuries.

Dr McLellan said: “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.”