A YEAR-on-year reduction in the amount of people losing their lives in road accidents in the Kingdom has been welcomed.
Area MSP Roderick Campbell has recently approached the Scottish Government’s Minister for Transport and Veterans, Keith Brown MSP, to ask what progress and efforts were being made to make the nation’s roads safer.
The request was made by Mr Campbell, he says, following a spate of accidents across his constituency area.
In a series of written questions, Mr Campbell received answers outlining the fact north east Fife had seen three fatal casualties in road accidents last year, with 11 throughout all of Fife, both of which showed a reduction on 2010’s figures, where there were six and 13 deaths respectively.
However, this was tempered by a recent history which showed there were three deaths in the area in 2009 and eight in 2008.
Mr Campbell told the Mail: “I am pleased that road accident-related deaths have decreased over the past year.
“However, there is still room to further reduce these unnecessary, avoidable fatalities.
“Measures to prevent road crashes in north east Fife can be found in Fife’s ‘Safer Travel Strategy 2008-2011’, and, hopefully, the implementation of Fife’s ‘Road Safety Action Plan 2012-2015’, which will see further improvements in road safety in the area.”
Mr Campbell asked the Minister for further information about what steps were being taken nationally to reduce the amount of deaths on our roads.
In response, Mr Brown said ‘Scotland’s Road Safety Framework to 2020’, published on June 15, 2009, included distinct and challenging targets for reductions in road casualties in Scotland over the next decade from January 1, 2011.
“The framework provides strategic direction and gives eight national priorities for road safety in Scotland, which are being delivered through 96 commitments,” he added.
“It allows local partners to address specific local issues in conjunction with national action, to make an optimum contribution to reducing fatalities and casualties on Scotland’s roads.
“Working with our road safety strategic partnership board and our road safety operational partnership group, we will continue to ensure that everyone plays their part to make our roads safer for everyone.”
A number of accidents has seen the spotlight shine on road safety in north east Fife again in recent weeks, with the A92 Glenrothes road, in particular, bearing witness to dangerous collisions.
The measures currently being taken to prevent road crashes in north east Fife and Fife as a whole are expressed in Fife’s safer travel strategy 2008-2011.
This document focuses on the work undertaken by Fife Council and other bodies such as Fife Constabulary, Fife Fire and Rescue Service and the Fife Safety Camera Partnership.
Mr Campbell said: “Of course, I would like to see the numbers of road accident related deaths decrease even further – which is why I am pleased to see the Scottish Government’s targets in the ‘Scotland’s Road Safety Framework’ are generally being met, or bettered, ahead of schedule.
“I hope that this, tied with a possible reduction in the drink-drive limit in the future, will see fewer needless, preventable deaths on north east Fife’s, and Scotland’s, roads.”