North East MSP and Scottish Liberal Democrat Transport spokesperson, Mike Rumbles believes more must be done to tackle the high number of road casualties in the North East. Aberdeenshire had the third highest number of fatalities by council area in 2016, with 17 deaths and a further 141 serious injuries
Following Transport Scotland’s release of Scottish Road Casualties statistics for 2016, Mr Rumbles made the following comment:
“Though I welcome the downward trend in casualties generally, I am particularly concerned that fatalities have increased by 14% and serious injuries by 2% across Scotland. These are the types of casualty we would want to see less of not more. There is still a great deal of work to be done to prevent these unnecessary deaths on Scotland’s roads.
“Action to improve our rural roads across the North East, but particularly in Aberdeenshire, is required to reduce casualties and save lives. That means improved signage, prompt repairs and an awareness campaign to address the dangers of rural driving.”