I’ve just done the BBC reporting of this Conservative seasonal feed. The figures are shocking but not in the way they hope. They’re shockingly inadequate because they include infantile adding up to get big numbers for headlines and no trends.
There’s more detail than Reporting Scotland had, but once more, there are, critically, no trends revealing change one way or another.
Readers wonder, is it getting worse or better? Are Scotland’s roads safer or less safe, after 12 years of SNP control of budgets and policies? They deserve to know.
Answer 1: the casualties and death toll has fallen significantly across Scotland’s road network since 2011.
In 2011, there were 12 785 casualties falling to 4 992 in 2020 which was of course exceptional with lower traffic.
Deaths, always a tiny percentage (<2%), also fell in the same period.
Answer 2: Death and injury is almost always due to human error, sometimes with road conditions contributory, but almost never to a need for an upgrade: https://www.transport.gov.scot/publication/reported-road-casualties-scotland-2020/contributory-factors-to-reported-road-accidents/
That’s why speed cameras work. There are no dangerous roads, just dangerous drivers.