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Grampian Police praised for road deaths reduction

Police efforts have been praised after the numbers of deaths on Grampian's roads fell to the lowest ever level.

A total of 22 people died after incidents on the region's roads in 2011, down 41% from 37 in 2010.

Brian Topping, president of the Scottish Accident Prevention Council and a Fraserburgh councillor, praised efforts in improving road safety.

Ch Insp Ian Wallace said the "very welcome" reduction was still "somewhat bittersweet" given 22 people died.

The head of roads policing said: "All we can do is to continue with our ongoing approaches and interventions, in targeting our activities on the appropriate routes and on those road users who are identified as the most vulnerable.

"In many cases, collisions could have been avoided by road users taking greater responsibility for their own actions and we hope that we can positively influence that culture through our work."

In 2009 there were 31 deaths, down from 35 in 2008, 37 in 2007 and 62 in 2006.

There were 110 road deaths in the area in 1976.

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