NI 32 - BEWARE! NOVEMBER IS THE MOST DANGEROUS MONTH OF THE YEAR
Post date: 18-Nov-2015 15:22:01
November is the peak month for casualties in the year with shorter days, the clocks having been moved back, and bad weather coming together with drivers and pedestrians getting used to the sudden change of their surrounding environment.
Since 2010 November pedestrian casualties have averaged 565 which is 42% higher compared to 397 in the month of August. Vehicle occupants also peak in November with an average over the same period of 832 serious injuries. An average of 2,135 people have been killed or seriously injured on our roads in November with younger drivers, between 16-24, making up 24% of this total.
Rural areas have the highest casualty rate due to people driving far faster and unable to react and, or control their vehicle when something happens in front of them. The risk is increased as more people travel in the darkness of the winter months and fail to adapt their driving to the new more dangerous conditions they are now driving in.
The lowest casualty rates in urban areas is North Somerset which is 41% below the national average casualty rate. However Banff and Buchan are 103% above the national average rate followed closely by West Aberdeen and Kincardine at 79%, Bexhill and Battle 73%, Thirsk and Malton 73%, Louth and Horncastle at 72%.
You have been warned!