January 15th, 2021
Let’s Take Care of Pedestrians!

Walking is an excellent way to get about and provides a wide range of health and environmental benefits. During the first lockdown we saw an increase in the amount of people walking as they took their daily exercise. A similar rise has been since during this third Welsh lockdown.


Unfortunately, walking also carries a certain amount of risk, and sadly, over the last few weeks we have seen an increase in the amount of pedestrians involved in collisions, especially in the Gwent and North Wales Police force areas.  


In 2019 there were 3,847 pedestrian casualties on the roads of Wales, corresponding to 12% of all casualties on our roads. 81% of collisions involving a pedestrian occur when the pedestrian was crossing the carriageway.


Pedestrians are vulnerable road users and we ask that all motorists, as they make their essential journeys, to be aware of pedestrians and to always expect the unexpected.


A child may run out chasing a ball, an elderly pedestrian may take longer than you think to safely cross the road, anything could happen and even the slightest of distractions could lead to a serious collision.


Sgt Jason Williams, Gwent Police GoSafe Coordinator said:


“Be you a motorist, cyclist or pedestrian, everyone has the right to use the road confidently and safely. Over the last few weeks we’ve seen an increase in collisions involving pedestrians on the roads of Gwent, and with more people walking for exercise during lockdown we ask all road users to play their part in keeping each other safe.”


Sgt Mel Brace, North Wales Police GoSafe Coordinator said:


“Getting outdoors to walk or cycle during this current lockdown is important for both peoples physical and mental wellbeing. Take care when out on your daily exercise and be aware of your surroundings. We can all contribute to the safety of our roads and now, more than ever, we need to take care of each other.”


So, whether you’re a pedestrian talking your daily exercise or a motorist travelling on an essential journey; by standing up for slowing down, and being aware of your surroundings we can all contribute to keeping all road users safe on the roads of Wales.

Friday, 15 January 2021