Road accidents down by a third over a decade

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THE number of accidents on Scotland’s roads has fallen by a third over the past decade, according to figures published today by an insurer.

The total has come down by 32 per cent, from 14,676 in 2001 to 9,969 last year.

The incidents account for 7 per cent of accidents across Britain.

The total fell by 34 per cent across Britain to 151,474, although it increased in both London and south-east England last year compared with 2010.

Paul Havenhand, head of insurance at Post Office Car Insurance, said: “It’s good to see the number of road accidents in Britain has decreased by over a third in the past decade.

“However, this doesn’t mean drivers should become complacent on road safety. “Measures to improve road surfaces, visibility on roads, car safety devices and performance have had an impact, but drivers must take the precautions at all times to ensure they are driving safely, especially in adverse conditions.”