New survey aims to improve road safety for older people
The Department of Environment in Northern Ireland has launched a survey in an attempt to identify how older people (60 years+) could be made safer on the roads.
The survey aims to investigate the main causes of, and factors contributing to, road collisions involving older people.
In 2010, 106 people aged 65 and above were killed or seriously injured on Northern Ireland’s roads, including 26 pedestrians.
Alex Attwood, environment minister, said: “These are chilling statistics. We know that older people are one of the most at risk groups on our roads and that they are particularly vulnerable when out walking.
"Improving their safety is a priority for my Department and a key part of Northern Ireland’s Road Safety Strategy to 2020, which recognises that older people will form an increasing proportion of the population here in the years ahead.”
Encouraging all road users to fill in the survey which is available online or can be posted out in hard copy format, the minister added: “I value the views of the whole community and would encourage everyone, not only older people, to take part in this important research. This is part of an ongoing project which will help us to better understand the issues involved and develop new ways to tackle them.”
Click here to complete the online survey will remain live until the end of February 2012.