Reduction in number of Shire road casualties

Picture: Police Scotland
Picture: Police Scotland

Management information for Aberdeenshire and Moray has revealed the number of casualties on the region’s roads has fallen by 23% and that the number of incidents of housebreaking has also declined by 16%.

Figures for the April to June period of 2015 also show the number of drugs offences have increased in Aberdeenshire and Moray while the number of recorded incidents of domestic abuse has decreased by 12%.

The number of serious assaults has fallen by 12.5% as well as the number of incidents of wilful fire-raising by 7% and vandalism by 47%.

The information was gathered from policing management data systems and is not official recorded crime statistics, which will be published by Scottish Government later in the year.

Superintendent Kate Stephen said “It is positive to see that the number of casualties as a result of road traffic collisions has fallen by 23% however this is still an area we need to focus on.

“Keeping people safe on our roads is a key priority for Police Scotland and we are committed to influencing driver behaviour.

“In Aberdeenshire and Moray we have Operation CEDAR (Challenge Educate Detect and Reduce) which aims to target road users encouraging them to take more responsibility for their driving.

“As part of Operation CEDAR we have carried out high visibility patrols on roads and in areas we have identified as accident black spots. Our work also includes working with communities and carrying out visits to schools.”