Figures show 17 fatal road traffic collisions in the north-east in the last year

In figures obtained by Original 106, we can reveal 17 fatal road collisions occurred in the North East during the 2022-2023 period. 

Police Scotland also recorded 117 serious road collisions in the region, with 'slight' incidents tallying up to 110.

These figures include all incidents which occurred in Aberdeen, Aberdeenshire and Moray, and only those the authorities are aware of.

Only one death where the deceased was not wearing a seatbelt was recorded in Grampian in 2020.

Last year became the deadliest for crashes in Scotland since 2016, with 174 fatal collisions, as reported by Transport Scotland. 

The total of road accidents across the whole country in 2022 was 5,587. 

Of these, 1,759 were seriously injured and 3,654 were slightly harmed.

The total casualty figure for 2022 is the third lowest since records began, as the previous two years were affected by pandemic travel restrictions.

But the number of fatalities increased by 33 from 2021, with a rise in deaths among car users and pedestrians, reversing a long-term downward trend.

Addressing Scotland's figures, Transport minister Kevin Stewart said: "Any increase in road deaths and injuries is deeply concerning. 

"Behind every number, we see in the statistics today is a loved one who is now tragically no longer with us or a life changed forever. 

He said the Government's latest budget invested £31 million in road safety, including a number of initiatives to promote active travel and alternates to car journeys.

The minister continued: "Road safety remains an absolute priority for this Government and I'm determined that we continue to make investments which support our Road Safety network to 2030, which sets out our vision for Scotland to have the best road safety performance in the world by 2030 and an ambitious long-term goal where no-one is seriously injured or killed on our roads by 2050."









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