News release from Aberdeenshire Council
North east transport officials have cautiously welcomed the content of Transport Scotland’s Reported Road Casualties 2018 statistical publication.
The document provides the confirmed statistical update for all Scottish reported road collisions and casualties during 2018.
The update reveals that when comparing north east totals in 2018 against the average seen between 2014 and 2018, reductions have been achieved for most categories of collisions and casualties which continues the general downward local trend seen over the past decade.
Commenting on the statistical update, Ewan Wallace, Head of Transportation at Aberdeenshire Council and Chair of Road Safety North East Scotland (RSNES), said: “The figures released are generally positive and continue to show the general downward trend we’ve been experiencing across the north east for both reported injury road collisions and casualties.
“Unfortunately, there have been some increases, for example in fatal casualties in Moray, and a particularly tragic collision in Moray during summer 2018 is sadly reflected in that total.
“Looking back to a decade ago in 2009, the annual number of north east reported road casualties for all levels of injury stood at 1,673. Over the ten-year period 2009-2018, the figure has fallen to 572, a 66% reduction, however, we feel there is still scope for this total to reduce further.
“The unfortunate fact remains that most collisions and the resultant casualties are due to human error. This can arise from a momentary lapse in concentration through to very poor driving decisions, however, the consequences can be identical – family tragedies and lives changed forever.
Rab Dickson, Acting Director at NESTRANS – the Regional Transport Partnership for Aberdeen and Aberdeenshire states: “The sustained reductions seen in local road collisions can only be viewed as a positive outcome for the north east.
“NESTRANS takes a keen interest in road safety and recognises the importance of promoting and enhancing safety on the road network. Our work includes supporting new road infrastructure projects, such as the recently completed AWPR, which promotes contemporary road design and incorporates updated safety features which reduce the risks of collisions occurring.
“NESTRANS and the other RSNES partners, irrespective of their organisational function and responsibilities, remain focused on promoting road safety across the north east and working to reduce the number of collisions and casualties even further.
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