Most dan­ger­ous junc­tions for pedes­tri­ans are re­vealed

Derby Telegraph - - NEWS - By RACHEL SUTHER­LAND

This junc­tion in Ri­p­ley is one of the most dan­ger­ous in Der­byshire THE most dan­ger­ous road junc­tions for Der­byshire pedes­tri­ans have been re­vealed.

One ac­ci­dent hotspot is in Ri­p­ley where the B6411 meets the B6179 But­ter­ley Hill. Three peo­ple were hit by ve­hi­cles here in 2017, with two suf­fer­ing se­ri­ous in­juries.

A 72-year-old woman was struck at 10.30am on Jan­uary 5 and a 50-year-old woman was in­jured on Novem­ber 11 at 3.20pm. A third in­ci­dent, on Fe­bru­ary 27, saw a 53-year-old woman slightly hurt.

A mem­ber of staff at HSBC bank, in Church Street, which is next to the junc­tion in Ri­p­ley, said two of its cus­tomers were knocked over last year.

The woman, who did not wish to be named, said: “It’s dan­ger­ous be­cause of the peo­ple who come around the cor­ner [at Chapel Street] too fast.”

A man who works nearby in Not­ting­ham Road crit­i­cised the de­sign of the junc­tion for con­tribut­ing to ac­ci­dents.

The man, who did not wish to be named, said: “Cars come fly­ing around the cor­ner, al­most ev­ery time we go out to get milk there have been a few near-misses. A few months ago there was an old lady that was hit. It’s just a blind cor­ner, who de­signed a cross­ing on a junc­tion? It’s crazy.”

Po­lice data shows the ex­act lo­ca­tion of ev­ery one of nearly 200,000 ca­su­alty-caus­ing ac­ci­dents in Bri­tain in 2017.

The new anal­y­sis fil­ters out only those in which it was a pedes­trian who was hurt or killed.

It looks at the num­ber of ac­ci­dents that took place within roughly 150 me­tres of each other, at or near road junc­tions across the coun­try, to find the most dan­ger­ous places in terms of the to­tal num­ber of in­juries and deaths.

The Ri­p­ley junc­tion is sec­ond only to a sec­tion of road in Glos­sop. Of­fi­cial po­lice data shows there were four ca­su­al­ties near where Vic­to­ria Street meets High Street West in 2017 – the lat­est year for which fig­ures are avail­able. All four of those peo­ple es­caped with slight in­juries.

Three of the ca­su­al­ties oc­curred as a re­sult of a sin­gle in­ci­dent at 7.40pm on De­cem­ber 2 that year.

Three women – aged 54, 52 and 25 – were hurt while cross­ing within 50 me­tres of a pedes­trian junc­tion.

In an­other in­ci­dent in the same place, a 17-year-old fe­male pedes­trian sus­tained slight in­juries after be­ing struck on March 19.

The to­tal num­ber of ca­su­al­ties at the junc­tion – four – is more than any­where else in the Der­byshire po­lice area dur­ing the year, the anal­y­sis re­veals.

Across Der­byshire as a whole, 306 pedes­tri­ans were hurt or killed dur­ing the year, the data shows. Some 234 of those were slightly hurt, 62 se­ri­ously hurt, and 10 were killed.

A to­tal of 32 of those hurt or killed were us­ing a des­ig­nated pedes­trian cross­ing at the time.

Males ac­counted for 167 pedes­trian ca­su­al­ties and 139 were fe­male. The av­er­age age of ca­su­al­ties was 38.1 for women and 30.5 for men.

Five junc­tions shared the ti­tle of “Bri­tain’s most dan­ger­ous”, with eight ca­su­al­ties at each dur­ing 2017.

All were in Lon­don.

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