Adult pedestrian campaign
This campaign aims to increase the awareness of both pedestrians and drivers of the increased risk of adult pedestrian casualties when they are in a hurry, in the dark or impaired by alcohol.
It focusses on three pilot areas where adult pedestrian casualties are most prevalent – Colchester, Basildon and Southend-on-Sea – and the three most common causes of vehicle and pedestrian conflicts in these areas:
• Driver or pedestrian failed to look/see
• Pedestrians careless/in a hurry
• Pedestrians impaired by alcohol.
A report published by PACTS in 2013 (Stepping Out) showed that nationally 68% of all pedestrian casualties are adults. The report identified that pedestrians were at highest risk on weekend evenings after consuming alcohol, and during late evening/night time. In Essex 14% of adult pedestrian who were killed or seriously injured were impaired by drugs or alcohol at the time of the collision, and 33% were injured during hours of darkenss, despite much lower numbers of pedestrians and cars on the road at night.
SERP data shows, that for adult (aged 18+) pedestrian casualties in Essex:
- 45% of adult pedestrians killed or seriously injured are primarily at-fault for the collision they are involved in.
- 43% of pedestrian collisions involve the injured pedestrian failing to look properly.
- 25% involve a pedestrian or driver who is careless/reckless or in a hurry.
- 14% involve a failure to judge the path or speed of a vehicle.
- 10% involve crossing when masked by a parked or stationary vehicle.
- 12% of all pedestrian collisions occur in rural areas, but 35% of fatal pedestrian collisions occur in rural areas.
- 87% of pedestrian collisions occur on 30mph roads and 80% are on single carriageway roads.