Death toll rises on Borders roads but target still in sight

GALASHIELS,  UNITED KINGDOM - 16 Dec 2011'Road Accident - Car v Bus'(B6374) Melrose Road in Galashiels, closed by Police following an Accident at approx. 10:40am when an unnamed woman had to by cut from her car after it had been in collision with a First Bus. Enquiries ongoing into the incident.''(Photo by  ROB GRAY/digitalpic/freelance )
GALASHIELS, UNITED KINGDOM - 16 Dec 2011'Road Accident - Car v Bus'(B6374) Melrose Road in Galashiels, closed by Police following an Accident at approx. 10:40am when an unnamed woman had to by cut from her car after it had been in collision with a First Bus. Enquiries ongoing into the incident.''(Photo by ROB GRAY/digitalpic/freelance )

The number of people killed or seriously injured on the region’s roads increased last year, but remains on track to meet 2015 targets

A council report revealed this week that a total of 10 people were killed on Borders roads in 2012, including two cyclists in separate incidents, a pedestrian and a scooter rider. There was also a double fatality following a car crash in December.

Despite being an increase of four on 2011, it was only slightly above the target which looks ahead to the Scottish Government’s aim of reducing road deaths by 30% compared to the 2004-08 average.

A total of 67 suffered serious injuries in road collisions last year, up from an all time low in 2011, but still well below the 2004-08 average of 95. The report recommends the council continues to concentrate resources on accident blackspots and education. The council cut the budget for this work by 40 per cent in2012/13, down to £31,000, but has since put it back up to £50,000.

Police Scotland Road Policing Sergeant Brian Jones said: “Our continued analysis of the roads network allows us to identify areas requiring additional police resources and targeted action will be taken on these routes to ensure casualty rates continue to fall across the Borders.”

The multi-partnership Scottish Borders Road Safety Working Group is the overarching body looking at road safety and vehicle accident prevention in the area.

In general terms 2012 was a positive year for the area with the long term trend of accident casualty reduction in the Borders being continued and SBC being near to, or on track, to meet national targets.