Be Street Smart

Here are the cold hard facts, but together we can change them for the better – and make Scotland’s built-up areas even safer places to live.

Q. WHAT PERCENTAGE OF PEDESTRIANS ARE INJURED IN BUILT-UP AREAS?

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A. 95% of injury accidents involving pedestrians happen in built-up areas.

Q. SHOULD THE ROAD CONDITIONS AND ENVIRONMENT HAVE AN IMPACT ON MY DRIVING?

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A. Yes, it’s incredibly important to drive at an appropriate speed for the environment and conditions.

Q. HOW MANY PEOPLE HELP THE ENVIRONMENT BY WALKING?

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A. Two thirds of people walk as a method of transport at least once a week.

Q. HOW MANY DRIVERS CONSCIOUSLY CHECK FOR PEDESTRIANS?

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A. Unfortunately less than half of drivers (47%) look out for pedestrians at junctions.

Q. HOW MANY PEDESTRIAN CASUALTIES HAPPEN AT JUNCTIONS?

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A. Half (51%) of pedestrian casualties happen at junctions.

Q. WHEN ARE ADULT PEDESTRIANS MOST VULNERABLE?

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A. Adult pedestrian casualties peak between 4:00-6:00 pm on weekdays and between midnight and 2:00am at weekends.

Q. WHEN ARE CHILD PEDESTRIANS MOST VULNERABLE?

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A. Child pedestrian casualties peak between 3:00-5:00pm on weekdays.

These facts drive home how important it is to take extra care in built-up areas. Think about them next time you’re behind the wheel and remember, in town, slow down.