July 1, 2013

Pedestrian Safety Anxieties

Pedestrian safety measures should look for separate solutions for adults and children, according to a report commissioned by a parliamentary advisory group for UN road safety week.

“Stepping Out”- seeks to highlight the importance of treating various types of pedestrian differently, claiming that children and adults have different collision characteristics.

The report also found that although overall numbers of pedestrian deaths and serious injury figures had dropped significantly from 19,035 in 1980 to 5,605 in 2010, the proportions of deaths and serious injuries in the overall number of accidents have levelled off at 22.9%, compared with 22.4% in 1980.

Emily Smith of Britannia Driving School said: “We need to design our roads and streets around people, acknowledging the realities of human behaviour.”

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