Serious accidents involving pedestrians more than double the transition
to winter time. The darkness falls at rush hour.
Pedestrians, winter time is killing you! The figures of the Belgian
Institute for Road Safety (IBSR) are formal: the number of serious accidents
involving pedestrians more than doubled when the mere fact of having delayed an
hour the hands of his watch the lowest user finds himself in the dark rush
At the end of October, the sun sets around 18:30. On Sunday, it will be
around 17:30, with an already darkened sky from 17h. And Monday for the
resumption of work, any suspicion! Because according to statistics, the number
of serious accidents (that is to say where a pedestrian dies or spends at least
one day in hospital) increased by 110% between October and November, and 140%
between October and December.
But it's not just the number of accidents increases with winter time, severity
as well. The IBSR has been an increase of 155% after the time change. In
October, there were 20 killed 1,000 accidents involving pedestrians; in
November, there killed 52!
No impact on cyclists
"In November, December, an increase of serious accidents is clearly
visible" in the statistics, certify Benoît Godard, spokesman IBSR. Then,
the number of victims will decrease in January and February, although it is
still dark. "It is colder and people are less likely to leave, he said.
And they take more public transit rather than drive. Finally, it seems that it
takes a period of adjustment for both pedestrians and for motorists. The
previous two months they used to make other landmarks. "
What about cyclists? Curiously, there is no evidence of serious
accidents this increase in accidents involving two-wheelers, says spokesman
IBSR. Why? Probably it’s because of better equipment, both in terms of the
lighting reflective clothing.
On foot, to be seen in the winter period is vital! Because in the
headlights of a car, they are dressed in black, pedestrians are visible only 20
meters while it takes 26 m in a car traveling at 50 km / h on dry ground, for s
stop time (33 m in the wet). The pedestrian is seen too late.
However, with reflective
accessories, it is visible 150 meters. The difference is huge! Other tips:
do not cross outside of crosswalks, and even in this case, do not do it
blindly. Look in both directions. Motorists still remember it is illegal to
pass on the left a driver approaching or stops at a pedestrian crossing
unprotected. Conclusion Benedict Godard: "If the pedestrian is dressed in
black, this is not a reason to steal his priority."