Walking safely

Stop, look, listen and think if you're walking around the local area at all times. Pedestrians and drivers need to take care at all times. Look both ways before you step off the kerb to cross the street.

Major accident hotspots in the city centre are around commuter hubs – pedestrians and drivers need to take extra care around these areas.

Pedestrian safety tips 

  • Always use pedestrian crossings and if you're with a child, hold their hand to cross the street.
  • Check for vehicles turning at intersections before you cross the road, even if you have right of way.
  • Never cross the road from behind parked or vehicles stopped in traffic.
  • Never assume an approaching driver/rider will stop for you.
  • Avoid using a mobile phone or headphones when you cross the road.

Been drinking? Walk safely!

Walking home after you have been drinking may seem like a good idea, but alcohol can affect your judgment and response times. You are at greater risk of being in an accident if you are under the influence of alcohol, but men account for more than 80% of alcohol-related pedestrian fatalities and 82% of pedestrian injuries.

Most alcohol-related casualties happen in the late evening or early morning hours, especially on weekends – just over half of all alcohol-affected pedestrian fatalities and 41% of injuries happen during these times. Before you go out, don't drive and plan how you will get home. Always use pedestrian crossings and cross the road in well-lit areas. 

Last updated: Thursday, 7 July 2016