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Scottish death toll drops
The death toll on Scotland's roads is at the second lowest level for 50 years - but still higher than in England and Wales.
The Road Accidents Report for 2004 says that 306 people were killed on Scotland's roads - which is down 8% on 2003. There were 2,742 people seriously injured and 15,357 'slight' casualties.
The death rate was still 10% higher than England and Wales - and 2% worse for death and serious injury.
The report showed Scotland to be towards the better end of the European road crash league table.
According to the report, 55% fewer children were killed or seriously injured in 2004 compared with the 1994-98 averages.
The figure fulfils the Scottish Executive target's of halving the number of children killed and seriously injured on the roads by 2010. Steady progress has also been made towards the target of cutting fatal and serious road accidents by 40% by 2010.
For the full story go to: http://news.bbc.co.uk/1/hi/scotland/4662020.stm