20.11.2018Press releases, National

Keep your feet on the ground this festive season – despite the increased risk

If the pavements are slippery during the festive season, it is reflected in a peak in pedestrians falling accidents and people hurting themselves. In the beginning of winter, pedestrians have forgotten to adapt their gait to slippery conditions, which is why the ‘Pysy pystyssä’ anti-slipping campaign raises awareness among citizens.


It is easy to improve pedestrian safety by wearing a reflector in the dark and using the pedestrian crossing when crossing the road where possible. Appropriate footwear for the weather conditions, especially when the roads are slippery, can reduce the risk of accidents.


Safe cycling requires the use of safety devices, anticipatory riding and having an appropriate bicycle. Some 65% of cycling fatalities are caused by accidents involving a motor vehicle.

Drinking and driving

Drunk driving is a crime regardless of whether the vehicle is driven on off-road terrain, on an ice-covered lake, on a road, or anywhere else.


A seatbelt is an effective safety device in road traffic and it must be used regardless of whether you are sitting in the front or back, in a taxi, or in a long-distance bus. According to estimates, one out of three casualties of fatal road accidents would have survived had their seatbelts been secured.

Driver distraction

Driver distraction and inattention in road traffic and the resulting accidents have become a world-wide problem. Drivers are often tempted to use their mobile phones while driving, even though studies have shown that the risk of accident is increased for drivers using mobile phones while driving.