Motoring solutions specialist, easytrip, has revealed that 72% of pedestrians claim that motorists are breaking the red light on a regular basis at pedestrian crossings, showing little regard for their safety.
Of the motorists surveyed, in the easytrip road user’s survey, 32% revealed that they have witnessed regular incidents between pedestrians and other drivers. 42% stating that a pedestrian had walked out in front of a moving car, 26% of motorists witnessed other motorists breaking the red light at pedestrian crossings and 29% also disclosed that they had spotted pedestrians using a mobile phone crossing the road without looking for oncoming traffic.
85% of the pedestrians surveyed in the easytrip research said they were guilty of regularly continuing to use their mobile phone, be it for a call, texting or browsing the internet, whilst crossing the road.
When asked if jay walking (crossing the road without regard for approaching traffic or not at a designated pedestrian crossings) should be enforced by Garda, over 57% of pedestrians said no and believed it was not necessary, however 42% thought that perhaps it should be enforced. When motorists were asked the same question, 41% said they believed it should be enforced to protect road users.
Over 80% of urban pedestrians claimed to not wear reflective clothing when walking in the evening or night time, this was compared to 96% in rural areas who wore it only on occasion.
From the pedestrians surveyed, 43% walked as a commuting method.