A motorist is fined for careless driving or speeding every five minutes in Scotland, with more than 100,000 fixed-penalty notices issued by police in one year, according to new figures.

Road safety charity Brake has revealed there were 105,807 notices for the offences north of the Border in 2013.

The same survey also found that more than two in five children in Scotland say they have been hit or nearly hit by a vehicle while on foot or bike.

Brake released the figures as it launched a campaign calling on all road users to look out for each other and help reduce the numbers killed or injured.

The campaign is being backed by bereaved families after 172 people were killed and 1,667 ­seriously injured on the roads last year.

Julie Townsend, deputy chief executive of Brake, urged motorists to drive with more consideration for others, look carefully and stick to 20mph or below in towns and villages.

She said: "When drivers use roads without care for others, the consequences can be tragic and horrific - people killed and badly injured, lives ruined forever, because of a moment of impatience or selfishness.

"At Brake we witness the suffering that results, daily, through our work supporting people affected by road death and injury.

"And there are wider consequences if we don't look out for each other on roads - people afraid to walk and cycle or let their kids walk and cycle, and unable to get out and enjoy their community and live active lifestyles."

Last year 102,320 fixed-penalty notices were issued for speeding and 3,487 for careless driving, according to the figures released by Brake and its partners RSA and Specsavers.

Brake also released the results of its survey of 900 primary school children in Scotland.

It found three in five (62 per cent) children think roads in their community can be dangerous for walking and cycling, and more than two in five (44 per cent) said they have been hit or nearly hit by a vehicle while on foot or bike.

One of those backing the campaign is Caroline MacIntyre, whose husband Jason, 34, a well-known Scottish racing cyclist, died after he was hit by a van while on his bike on January 15, 2008.

She said: "The crash has had a catastrophic impact on our lives; it is with us on a daily basis, not only for me, but for our daughters. It has been seven years since the crash and it never gets easier. I'm not sure it's fully sunk in for any of us yet. As an up-and-coming cycling star he had lots of supporters who were also devastated."

She added: "It is devastating for me to be bringing up our children without their father. It takes just a few moments to double-check for vulnerable road users like Jason on his bike, and a moment of ­impatience can cost someone their life. Is that something you can live with on your conscience?

"So my message to drivers is please, slow down and take your time to look out for people - don't risk destroying lives."

The campaign is being launched at the start of Road Safety Week, which is co-ordinated by Brake.

Transport Minister Keith Brown said: "This campaign raises awareness of key issues which need to be addressed if we are to continue to make good progress towards meeting our road casualty reduction targets. Working with our partners we must continue to ensure that everyone plays their part to make our roads safer."

Chief Superintendent Iain Murray, head of road policing for Police Scotland, said: "Road safety is one of the top concerns for our communities and a high priority for Police Scotland, and as such we welcome the opportunity to support Brake's national Road Safety Week."