Scotland is home to 11 of the 25 most dangerous roads in the UK, according to a new report.
Using fatality figures gathered by the UK Department for Transport between 2012 and 2016, the report from Teletrac Navman claimed that the Orkney Islands is the deadliest county in Scotland, with 4,110 fatal traffic accidents per 10,000 residents.
This ranked it fourth for the whole of the UK behind Rutland, Powys and Fermanagh & Omagh.
Other Scottish counties in the 25 most dangerous list were Argyll & Bute (5th), Perth and Kinross (7), Dumfries and Galloway (9), Scottish Borders (10), Stirling (12), Na h-Eileanan an Iar (15), Angus (17) and the Shetland Islands (24).
In contrast to Scotland’s numerous appearances on the list, Clackmannanshire – Scotland’s smallest county – was named the safest area in the UK, with no fatalities over the same four-year period.
Shocking or flawed?
Marjorie McCreadie, secretary from the A7 Action Group – which has been working to make the A7 in the Scottish Borders a safer driving route, said she was shocked by the study.
“This shocking statistic will now give the A7 Action Group more ammunition and allow us to apply more pressure on the Scottish Government to upgrade the road to a much safer standard,” she told BorderTelegraph.com.
The Scottish Borders Council criticised the study’s methodology as “fundamentally flawed”.
A spokesperson said: “It uses fatality rate per population as the measure so it is no surprise that many areas with large road networks, particularly those with a large rural network, and low populations are listed as the ‘deadliest’.
“Proper analysis, using annual average daily traffic flow, identifies that the A7, through the Scottish Borders, is no more dangerous than other major routes in the area.”
Ellie Baker, brand manager at Dieselink, added: “The number of deaths and casualties on Scotland’s roads hit a record low last year, so we’re clearly heading in the right direction.”
Posted on 24th August 2018
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