The Royal Society for the Prevention of Accidents (RoSPA) has given direct credit to Scottish Government initiatives in reducing deaths and serious injuries. Sounds like a big news story. Let me know if you see it mainstreamed.
From motor1.com on 27th May 2019:
‘England should take a leaf out of Scotland’s book and set road safety targets, a leading charity has said. The number of deaths and serious injuries on Scottish roads has fallen to its lowest level since records began, with the number of accidents down 57 percent between 1995 and 2017. Some 146 people were killed on the roads of Scotland in 2017 – down 24 percent on 2016 and less than half the number killed in 2006. Child casualties, meanwhile, fell by more than half between 2007 and 2017, while pedestrian casualties almost halved between 2006 and 2016. The number of people killed on motorcycles also fell by just under 50 percent over the same period, and there were reductions in the number of people killed in cars and on bicycles. According to the Royal Society for the Prevention of Accidents (RoSPA), at least some of this success can be attributed to the Scottish government’s ambitious road safety targets, which included a 40-percent drop in fatalities between 2008 and 2020. The organisation says the targets brought about greater focus on casualty reduction, as well as a joined-up approach to meeting the aims. The organisation says the adoption of such targets – and a similar approach to achieving them – would help England and Wales improve the “stagnation” in casualty reductions seen nationwide. Across Great Britain, casualties have declined rapidly since the 1960s, but recent years have seen the figures flatten out at a little under 2,000 a year. In 2017, there were 1,793 fatalities on UK roads in 2017 – up one on 2016’s total of 1,792 and around 100 fewer than in 2011.’
Here is Reporting Scotland’s preferred approach to falling deaths and injuries:
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