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Scotland is Home to UK's Most Dangerous Traffic Junction

It was unveiled in what is known as the “league of shame” that Scotland is home to the most dangerous traffic junction in the UK. The study, which analysed data from over 100,000 separate road traffic collisions in Britain during 2017 in which people were either injured or killed, has named a junction in Glasgow’s City Centre to be the most treacherous.

The junction of St Vincent Street and Douglas Street saw accidents resulting in five casualties. These incidents occurred on 22nd and 27th February, 7th April, 5th May, and 15th September. The accidents involved a total of ten vehicles and six injured individuals. Despite the high number of casualties, however, all the injuries of those affected were classified as being “slight”.

Additionally, the study noted other junctions across Scotland which saw fatal accidents in the same period:

  • the intersection between Glasgow’s Bothwell Street and Douglas street – not far from St Vincent/Douglas intersection;
  • where Kirkintilloch Road meets Balmuildy Road in East Dunbartonshire, where four people were also injured – including one who was seriously injured;
  • the intersection of the A823 and B914 in Fife where six of the eight total other injuries occurred in one incident;
  • Chapel Street and the B802 in North Lanarkshire; and,
  • the junction of Kilgraston Road and Blackford Road in Edinburgh in which two of the three collisions took place on the same day where four people sustained slight injuries, and the third incident saw two people sustain serious injuries.

In spite of the severity of these findings, this news was followed by the revelation that there was a substantial drop in the number of deaths on Scottish roads overall.

Official statistics showed that the number of deaths fell by 24% to 146 last year. Furthermore, the figures detailed in a report by Transport Scotland also revealed that the total number of casualties fell by 14% to 9,428 – the lowest number since records began – and the total of those seriously injured decreased by 6% to 1,589.

Likewise, the report highlighted that child casualties were down by 10% to 901, with only 152 being seriously injured compared to 2016 where there were 167. However, the number of pedal cyclists and motorcyclists injured increased by 16% and 5% respectively – the highest in ten years.

The transport secretary, Michael Matheson, has said that the government will “ensure that effective educational resources are delivered across the country” aimed at the most vulnerable road users as well as confirming plans “to transform driver behaviour through safety camera programmes.”

The total number of road accidents where people were killed or injured has continued to decrease each year for the past decade. In 2007 there were 16,237 recorded casualties, including 281 fatalities.

Out of the 141 fatal accidents that took place last year, 97 (68.8%) occurred outside of built-up areas with the remaining 44 taking place in towns and cities.

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