are in need of a cash boost to bring down the number of accidents on these routes. Figures obtained by the Party revealed almost 2 000 accidents took place on roads including the A9 and the A96 in the past 5 years, 100 of them leading to fatalities.https://www.bbc.co.uk/iplayer/live/bbcone 31.12.21 at 07:31
The Season of Freedom of Information continues after three by the Lib Dems and one by Scotland in Union, all faithfully misreported by the BBC and the Herald and all sorted here in the last few days. Notably, no fuller account appears on the BBC Scotland website. No other major media outlet has the story. This is one of a number, over the years, of stories uniquely fed to Reporting Scotland, GMS, Drivetime and Kay Adams.
As always, there is the juvenile adding up of numbers over several years to get a headline figure and no mention of what matters most, the trends.
Annual figures and changes over the years allow you to correlate with policy initiatives and spending in previous years. They’re easily found:
Ignoring as we should the pandemic year 2020, serious incidents on all of Scotland’s roads have fallen from around 5 000 in 2007/2009 to less than 3 000 in 2017/19 and slight incidents from around 12 000 to around 5 000 in the same period. These are major positive trends which viewers should know of.
With regard to particular trunk roads such as the notorious A9, between the installation of safety cameras, in 2014 and the 2017 report, there had been a 38% reduction in fatal casualties, between Dunblane and Perth, and the number of serious collisions was down by over 45%.
For the record, then MSP for Ayr, John Scott, opposed road safety improvements on the A77, in September 2020, as they might slow traffic down and harm the economy in some way.
And, in June 2019, Tory MSP, Jamie Greene, revealed that SNP road maintenance spending since 2007, was up 81%.
Evidence of the effects of the road maintenance investment can be seen in the fact that in only one case out of more than 800 road fatalities, in 2013-17, was a ‘poor or defective road surface’ even a ‘contributory factor’ in the collision.