Scottish cities

Child (age 5-15) road casualties in selected Scottish cities

Stats 19 - Child - Scottish Cities

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Between 1997-2001 and 2012-2016, the number of child road casualties per 100,000 in Glasgow has fallen dramatically, from 572 to 211, on average.  This constitutes a 63% reduction in the child casualty rate.  Aberdeen has consistently had the lowest child casualty rate.

The casualty rates recorded by the police (via Stats 19) are higher than the rate of hospital admissions (shown below).  This reflects the fact that road accident casualties admitted to hospital represent a subset of all road accident casualties.

Child (age 5-15) road traffic accident hospital admissions in selected Scottish cities

SMR01 - Child - Scottish Cities

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Between 1997-2001 and 2012-2016, Glasgow had the highest rate of child road traffic accident hospital admissions among the four major Scottish cities.  Since 1997-2001, Edinburgh has seen a dramatic reduction in the rate of child road casualty admissions, with rate being almost 60% lower than that of Glasgow's in the most recent time period (2012-2016).


The figures shown are based on two sources:

Stats 19 statistical returns: made by police forces, which cover all accidents in which a vehicle is involved that occur on roads (including footways) and result in personal injury, if they become known to the police. There could be many non-fatal injury accidents which are not reported by the public to the police, and are therefore not counted in these statistics.  Further statistics on Stats 19 based road traffic accidents and casualties can be accessed from Transport Scotland publications.

Hospital admission data: These statistics are derived from data collected on discharges from non-obstetric and non-psychiatric acute hospitals (SMR01) in Scotland.  The data are based on year of discharge.  Relevant hospital episodes have been identified by admission type (emergency hospital admission: SMR01 admission type code 32 - Patient injury - road traffic accident) and by diagnosis (Pedestrian injured in transport accident (V01-V09), Pedal cyclist injured in transport accident (V10-V19), Motorcycle rider injured in transport accident (V20-V29), Car occupant injured in transport accident (V40-V49), Other (any other diagnosis codes recorded)).

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