As a pedestrian you need to be especially careful; it’s far more likely that you’ll come off second best in an impact between yourself and a car.
There are two things you should be cautious of as a pedestrian; dealing with traffic conditions that you’re not familiar with, and alcohol.
When you move to a new city, you’ll find yourself in new and unfamiliar situations. This includes unfamiliar traffic conditions. To stay safe, you should:
- Cross at the lights or marked pedestrian crossings
- Don’t assume a driver has seen you or intends to stop
- Never cross a road while using headphones or mobile phones
Alcohol plays a very big part in incidents involving pedestrians; the NSW Roads and Traffic Authority reports that:
If you’re planning on drinking, use a designated driver, or take a taxi or bus home instead.
Walking after dark
Walking alone after dark can be dangerous; if you can, walk with one or two friends, share a taxi with friends, or jump on a bus.
If you can't avoid walking alone, make sure you know where you're going, and walk with purpose. Consider carrying a personal alarm with you. Stay aware of what is going on around you; don't use earphones/headphones while you're walking.
In an emergency
UOW Campus: Dial #1 from any campus security phone
Police, Fire, Ambulance: Call 000 from any phone
Report a crime: Call the Police Assistance Line on 131 444
My Campus Security
Security details and contact phone numbers are different for each campus, so its important to find the right information for you.