Walking safety advice
Walking safely through the local area means being aware of heavy traffic conditions. Stop, look, listen and think.
Pedestrians and drivers need to take care at all times. Major accident hotspots are outside train stations. Pedestrians and drivers need to take extra care around these areas.
Pedestrian safety tips
- Always use pedestrian crossings and hold your child’s hand when you cross the road.
- Check for turning vehicles around intersections and before you leave the curb.
- Never cross the road from behind a parked vehicle.
- Never assume an approaching driver will stop for you.
- Avoid using a mobile phone or music player when crossing the road.
Been drinking? Walk safely!
Walking home after you have been drinking may seem like a good idea. However, alcohol can affect your judgment.
All pedestrians under the influence of alcohol are at risk of being involved in an accident, but males account for more than 80 per cent of alcohol-affected pedestrian fatalities and 82 per cent of pedestrian injuries.
When accidents happen
Most alcohol-affected pedestrian casualties happen during the late evening and early morning hours, especially during weekends. Just over half of all alcohol-affected pedestrian fatalities and 41 per cent of injuries happen at these times.
Before you go out, plan how you will get home and don’t drive. Check train and NightRide bus departure times on the Transport Infoline site. Always use pedestrian crossings and cross the road in well-lit areas.
Last updated: Wednesday, 5 December 2012