THE total number of people seriously injured on the road network within West Dunbartonshire has increased, councillors will this week be told.

Members of the Community Planning West Dunbartonshire Management Board will meet on Thursday, when a number of items will be discussed.

One item on the agenda is road traffic casualties in the first quarter of the 2017/18 financial year (April to June).

According to a report the number of people seriously injured on the roads is up from five to 11, when compared against quarter one last year.

The report added: "Road collisions resulting in slight injury have, however, reduced by 13.8 per cent which equates to four fewer casualties (29-25)."

A local fire and rescue report, which is also expected to go before committee members this week said: "Attendance at road traffic collisions is a core role for the Scottish Fire and Rescue Service, but primary responsibility lies with

Transport Scotland, Police Scotland and Local Authorities.

"The SFRS has a crucial role to play in supporting those organisations activities at a local level and can provide access to hard hitting education programmes aimed at those most at risk groups to highlight the consequences of RTC's (road traffic collisions) and dangerous driving."