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.
Girls crossing the road on a crosswalk

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.