Pedestrian Safety


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:

“More than a quarter of pedestrians who are killed in fatal pedestrian crashes have a blood alcohol content (BAC) greater than .05 at the time of the crash. And of this group, 75 per cent has BAC of .15 or more.

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.

Last reviewed: 16 December, 2009

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