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Revealed: Four worst blackspots for pedestrians being killed in Northern Ireland - 900 killed or seriously injured during five-year period

Some 879 pedestrians were killed or seriously injured during 2013-2017 in Northern Ireland.
Some 879 pedestrians were killed or seriously injured during 2013-2017 in Northern Ireland.
Mark Edwards

By Mark Edwards

Nearly 900 pedestrians were killed or seriously injured on Northern Ireland's roads during a five-year period.

The newly published figures from the Department for Infrastructure relate to 2013 to 2017. The figures come PSNI Road Traffic Collision Statistics.

During this period there was 879 pedestrians killed or seriously injured, making up 22% of all road users casualties during this time.

The figures show that 74 pedestrians died between 2013-2017 in Northern Ireland. The highest number of pedestrians killed during this five year period was in 2015, when 19 people died. The lowest death rate came in 2013, when seven people died.

Pedestrians are greatly over-represented in road traffic collisions in Northern Ireland, given that pedestrian miles travelled account for just 3% of all miles travelled per person per year.

Most pedestrians killed or seriously injured were male (61%) compared with 39% female.

This is despite around half of all miles being walked during this period were by males, meaning that males are overrepresented in the statistics.

Four pedestrian collision blackspots have been identified, three in Belfast city centre and one in Londonderry city centre (4).

They are Great Victoria Street (six), East Bridge Street at Central Station (4), Ormeau Road (4) and Great James St in Londonderry.

Over one-quarter (17%) of pedestrian casualties were aged between 0 and 15 years, with a further 21% aged 65 or over.

Pedestrians are more likely to be killed or seriously injured in the afternoon and early evening, with more than one-third of all incidents occurring between the hours of 3pm and 7pm. The other time period of note is Sunday morning between 1am and 3am, with 29 pedestrians killed or seriously injured between 2013 and 2017.

The number of incidents increased in the Autumn and Winter months, with November recording the greatest number and July the fewest.

The most frequently reported cause of people being serious injured was "heedless of traffic crossing carriageway", meaning pedestrians  not paying attention to traffic when they cross a road- this accounted for 26% of all pedestrians killed or seriously injured.

The most frequent cause of pedestrians being killed was "pedestrian impaired by alcohol", which account for 18% of fatalities.

Other causes include inattention, walk or run movement being masked, reversing without care, using pedestrian crossing without care, excessive speed having regard to conditions, turning right without care or disobeying pedestrian crossing.

During this period 255 people were killed or seriously injured at pedestrian crossing areas, with 624 killed or seriously injured with no crossing within 50 metres.

In 63% of casualties the pedestrians were responsible for the collisions in which they were injured.

The vast majority of pedestrian casualties occurred on urban roads (85%), with a further 13% occurring on rural roads.

In comparison, a much smaller proportion of all people killed or seriously injured occurred on urban roads (42%) and over half (53%) occurred on rural roads.

The majority, 53%, or 39 out of 74, of pedestrian fatalities occurred on roads with a 30mph speed limit.

A further 39%- 29 out of 74- of pedestrian fatalities occurred on roads with a 60mph speed limit.

A much larger proportion, 81%- or 653 out of 805- of pedestrian serious injuries occurred on 30mph roads.

The figures will be used by the DfI to support policy development in a bid to reduce the amount of pedestrians being killed or seriously injured in Northern Ireland.

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