According to a study by OpinionWay published by Le Parisien, one in three pedestrians adopts a dangerous attitude when crossing the road in France. As a result, the number of deceased pedestrians has stagnated, while road mortality is down in other segments.
Crossing the street is more dangerous today than it was a few years ago. While pedestrians already had to pay attention to cars and motorcycles, now come cyclists, electric scooters and trams, more and more widespread in France. But if France still counts 391 pedestrians died in 2020, it is also because a third of them adopt a dangerous behavior before crossing.
Of the so-called “dangerous” pedestrians, 61% cross at a red light
This perilous behavior results mainly in non-compliance with the highway code. Two out of three pedestrians who adopt it cross when the man is red. A third also crosses outside zebra crossings. The penalties for this kind of behavior are laughable. 11 € fine that the authorities often do not take the time to prepare.
Headphones and phones, aggravating circumstances
If a pedestrian is less attentive when crossing, it is also because of the technological evolution that we are experiencing. 29 % so-called “dangerous” pedestrians cross while watching their cell phone and therefore deprive themselves of the sense of sight when taking the road. 14 % do not hear the vehicles coming because they have headphones or headphones. Sometimes less protected road users also do both at the same time. They are looking at their phones and have music in their ears.
55% of profiles are under 30 years old
The average age of a “dangerous” pedestrian is relatively low. 55% are under 30. Note also, men are more represented. 2 out of 3 profiles are male. The majority of accidents are in built-up areas. Exactly 2 fatal accidents out of 3. The capital and Lyon are the cities most affected by these perilous behaviors.
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Source: AutoplusAutoplus by www.autoplus.fr.
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