Road Accidents

– Scottish Parliament written question – answered on 5th March 2007.

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Photo of Euan Robson Euan Robson Liberal Democrat

Question S2W-31943

To ask the Scottish Executive how many injuries or fatal road accidents have involved horses in the last five years, broken down by police constabulary.

Photo of Tavish Scott Tavish Scott Liberal Democrat

Data about injury road accidents are collected by the police and reported to the Scottish Executive using the STATS 19 statistical report form. These returns cover only road accidents in which one or more people were injured and which become known to the police. The returns do not cover accidents which involved injury only to horses, "damage only" accidents, or accidents of which the police are unaware because they were not reported by the public.

The STATS 19 returns collect information about the vehicles involved in each accident, using a code-list which has an entry for "ridden horse". The returns do not have codes which identify horses which were involved in other ways, such as those pulling carts, being led, or running free. However, as the type of vehicle code for "other non-motor vehicles" and the carriageway hazards code for "any animal in carriageway (except ridden horse)" are not used for many of the reported accidents, it seems likely that there are few such reported accidents which involve horses.

The following table provides the information that is available. The police forces are listed in the standard order which is used in Road Accidents Scotland. Figures for 2006 should become available in June.

Reported Personal Injury or Fatal Road Accidents which Involved Ridden Horses.

Police Force Area20012002200320042005
Lothian and Borders22111
Dumfries and Galloway00100

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