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Region has safe roads, study finds

DUMFRIESSHIRE has some of the safest roads in the UK, a new study finds.

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By Zac Hannay
Region has safe roads, study finds

THE local authority is inside the top ten regions in the nation with the least road accidents.

Dumfriesshire placed fourth on the list with 112 accidents in total. Aberdeen, Falkirk and Perth also made the top five for the least accidents, proving Scotland to have some of the safest roads in the UK. However, unlike others near the top, the majority of accidents in Dumfries were classified as A road accidents instead of minor accidents.

In the other categories, Dumfries was also found to have 49 approved driving instructors per 100,000 people, 10,500 provisional licence holders per 100,000 people and between 2021-2022 the average driving test pass rate was 51.8 per cent. Meanwhile, the best driving test pass rate can be found in Durham with 63.4 per cent, followed by Perth at 61.4 per cent.

The research was carried out by experts at Bill Plant Driving School who wanted to find out the best areas in the UK for learner drivers. Data for the study was acquired from the DVSA and each location was scored on the number of driving instructors, provisional licence holders, accidents and driving test pass rates.

Gloucester came out on top overall. Its score across all of the categories considers it to be a safe and convenient place to learn to drive.

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