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4,700 pedestrians involved in traffic accidents
A total of 4,718 pedestrians were victims of traffic accidents in 2012, an average of 13 per day, according to figures from the Belgian Institute for Road Safety (IBSR), published today in the Sudpresse newspapers. Last year, 104 pedestrians were killed on Belgian roads and 668 were seriously injured. These accidents mostly took place on motorways, in car parks and urban thoroughfares also on zebra crossings. "Every year, more than 200 pedestrians are killed or seriously injured whist on a zebra crossing. Granted, by definition this is where most pedestrians are, but it is also proof that basic safety rules are not always respected, whether by motorists or pedestrians, says Benoît Godart, spokesman for the IBSR. In 2012, 246 pedestrians were killed or seriously injured whilst on a pedestrian crossing. Of these, 48 occurred on crossings protected by traffic lights, 194 on unprotected crossings and two on crossings protected by police officers.