Latest figures show that in the last three years in Wales, 9 pedestrians have been killed and 62 seriously injured when they were affected by alcohol.
Through its social media activity, RoSPA Wales is helping to raise awareness of the risks of walking while impaired by alcohol. RoSPA’s partners in Road Safety Wales and other organisations including colleges, universities, community groups and the voluntary sector are invited to share the messages and help to draw attention to this important road safety concern.
Michelle Harrington, RoSPA’s Road Safety Manager for Wales said: “In addition to highlighting the extra risk faced when walking when impaired by alcohol, we will be reminding other road users that not all pedestrians are able to behave predictably, or in accordance with the rules of the Highway Code.
“Pedestrians under the influence of alcohol are more likely to make errors of judgement and to behave in a manner that leads them to become involved in, or to cause, a road traffic accident.”
Intoxication leads to poor decision making, lower vigilance, increased reaction time and reduced visual perception. These reminders raise awareness of the vulnerability of pedestrians and call for friends to assist if someone they know needs help to get home safely.
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