NATIONAL targets to reduce road accidents in Scotland have been met by Dundee City Council, and progress is being made towards a further reduction by 2020.
To continue progress councillors are being asked to approve £150,000 of new road safety measures at locations across the city concentrating on preventing injuries to pedestrians and accident cluster sites.
Mark Flynn depute convener of Dundee City Council’s city development committee said: “While we have met government targets and continue to drive down the number of accidents in which people are injured we are in no way complacent.
“These measures, based on evidence gathered throughout the year, will help to continue the good progress we are making.
“Sometimes some of these measures are unpopular with some sections of the community but the facts are clear, what we have been doing has helped to protect people from serious injury and death, and we will keep doing it.”
In June 2009 the Scottish Government set national road accident casualty reduction targets for 2020 underpinned by a national road safety framework. Interim targets were also set for 2015.
When compared with the figures for the period 2004 to 2008 Dundee has reduced casualties by 44%, against a 2015 target of 30% and a 2020 target of 40%.
The percentage of people seriously injured over the same period has been reduced by 65%, against targets of 43 and 55%.
No children were killed on the local road network in Dundee between the baseline years of 2004 and 2008 and 2009 to 2015.
Cllr Flynn added: “It is important to highlight that the 2020 targets set by the Scottish Government are ambitious and they will need significant commitment and resources from all of our partners for them to be achieved, especially because the casualty rate has been reduced to a much lower baseline over the last few years.
“We remain committed to improving road safety for all residents and visitors to the city.”
A dozen sites have been identified for improvement work in the coming year and on-going accident investigations may identify additional locations. The most effective and appropriate measures will be decided after detailed design work.
The sites, not listed in any particular order are as follows:
- Coupar Angus Road at High Street Lochee;
- Logie Street at Loons Road;
- Dura Street at Balmore Street / Harriet Street;
- Queen Street at Claypotts Road;
- Arbroath Road near Montgomerie Crescent;
- Clepington Road at Johnston Avenue;
- Five Ways Roundabout;
- Strathern Road at Fairfield Road;
- Balgowan Avenue near Balgowan Drive;
- Albert Street at Arthurstone Terrace;
- Albert Street near Lyon Street;
- Arklay Street at Tannadice Street.
Road safety statistics and the improvement measures will be discussed by the council’s city development committee on Monday (August 21).
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