Driving safely: questions and answers

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

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A. 96% 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 (52%) of pedestrian casualties happen at junctions.

Q. WHEN ARE ADULT PEDESTRIANS MOST VULNERABLE?

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A. Adult pedestrian casualties peak between 4-6 pm on weekdays and 1-3 pm at weekends.

Q. WHEN ARE CHILD PEDESTRIANS MOST VULNERABLE?

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A. Child pedestrian casualties peak between 3-5 pm on weekdays and 2-6 pm at weekends.

Q. WHOSE RESPONSIBILITY IS IT TO USE THE ROAD SAFELY?

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A. We all have a shared responsibility for safe road use – driver, motorcyclist, cyclist, horse driver or pedestrian.

Q. HOW OFTEN ARE DRIVERS STOPPED FOR SPEEDING?

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A. Someone is stopped for speeding every 11 minutes in Scotland. In addition, there are also a number of safety cameras and average speed cameras across the country which tackle the speeding problem.

Q. WHAT ARE THE CONSEQUENCES FOR SPEEDING IN TOWN?

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A. Speeding in town could result in a minimum £100 fine and 3 points on your licence. Not to mention the risks of harming someone else, yourself or your passengers. And if you’ve accumulated more than 12 points in 3 years – you will lose your licence altogether. However in your first 2 years of driving, you only need 6 points to lose your licence.

Q. WHAT IS THE ‘DUTCH REACH’ AND HOW DOES IT SAVE LIVES?

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A. The ‘Dutch Reach’ asks drivers to open their car doors using the arm furthest away from the door (so in Scotland, that’ll be your left arm). The ‘Dutch Reach’ saves lives as it forces drivers to turn and look behind them – so it avoids ‘car dooring’ passing cyclists.