Keeping pedestrians safe
Did you know that pedestrians make up more than 10% of those killed on Western Australian roads?
When pedestrians interact with cars on the road they have no real protection, so they are much more vulnerable in a crash. It’s important motorists and pedestrians work together to stay smart and use paths and roads safely.
As a driver:
- Don’t rush your drive, stay alert and take your time – watch out for other road users.
- Keep a look out for pedestrians and be ready to stop for them.
- Be particularly alert at pedestrian crossings, intersections and between cars or behind buses.
- Slow down and watch for kids around schools and playgrounds.
- Slow down and look between cars near shopping centres or in car parks.
- Assume pedestrians near hotels, bars or clubs may have been drinking alcohol, so could be paying less attention.
As a pedestrian
- Always look towards oncoming traffic.
- Walk straight and with care.
- Try to avoid crossing between parked cars.
- Where possible, cross at designated pedestrian crossings.
- Turning motorists must give way to pedestrians, but don’t assume they will.
- Don’t walk on or around the road if you have been drinking alcohol.
- Help other pedestrians like younger children or elderly people.
- Using a mobile phone while walking near roads can also be dangerous. Keep your eyes on the road instead of the screen.
- Be extra cautious when walking with headphones in because it’s harder to hear traffic around you.