Scottish Liberal Democrat transport spokesperson Mike Rumbles MSP has today warned that more must be done to tackle high numbers of road casualties after Transport Scotland released statistics showing that the number of fatalities rose in 2016.
Mr Rumbles’ own area, Aberdeenshire, had the third highest number of fatalities by council area in 2016, with 16 deaths and a further 112 serious injuries
Mr Rumbles said:
“Though I welcome the downward trend in casualties generally, I am particularly concerned that fatalities have increased by 14% and serious injuries by 2% across Scotland. There is a great deal of work to be done to prevent these unnecessary deaths on Scotland’s roads.
“Action to improve our rural roads is required to reduce casualties and save lives. That means improved signage, prompt repairs and an awareness campaign to address the dangers of rural driving.”