Stepping out: pedestrian casualties: an analysis of the people and the circumstances

Compared with many countries around the world - when measured in terms of casualties per 100,000 population - the UK has a relatively good pedestrian casualty record. Yet there is no room for complacency and every reason to take more action and to do so now. Pedestrians present almost no threat to other road users yet suffer almost one quarter of total casualties killed or seriously injured on our roads. It is often necessary to get behind the high-level statistics to understand what is really happening, which is exactly the purpose of this report. It shows a divergence in the trends for child and adult pedestrian casualties, suggesting that, in some areas, more attention needs to be directed to adult pedestrian safety, although some safety interventions would benefit adults and children alike. A worrying finding of this report is that there seems to have been little progress in adult pedestrian casualty reduction over the past three to four years. The final casualty data for 2012 (due in late June 2013) will be an important indicator. The report does not make detailed recommendations but is intended to enable central government, local authorities and the wider road safety community to design and target their interventions more effectively. These may include better street and crossing design, lower speeds limits and more pedestrian-friendly vehicle design, so that collisions can be prevented or, when they do occur, the consequences are less serious. They may also include better enforcement of traffic laws to reduce offences such as drink driving; and education publicity and training for all road users.


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  • Pagination: 29p

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  • Accession Number: 01483792
  • Record Type: Publication
  • Source Agency: ARRB
  • Files: ATRI
  • Created Date: Jun 13 2013 12:26PM