Responding to the latest Scottish road casualty figures, Sandy Allan, RoSPA’s road safety manager for Scotland, said: “While no specific conclusions regarding trends can be made from any single year’s casualty figures, some of the information published this week should give cause for concern. The number of fatalities in Scotland has risen to their highest rate since 2010.
“Thankfully child fatalities have been a rarity since the Scottish Government set its challenging casualty reduction figures, but with 12 fatalities being announced for 2016, this is the highest rate recorded since these were set. There were eight more families having to come to terms with a young life cut short in 2016 because of a road collision than in 2015.
“Motorcyclists, cyclists and car users continue to be at risk, with the number of fatal and serious injuries sustained by them increasing from 2015.
“The Royal Society for the Prevention of Accidents strives to ensure life is free from serious accidental injury, and will continue to work in partnership with all road safety professionals here in Scotland. The published figures confirm we all need to take more care on the road and take responsibility for the safety of others.”