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Pedestrian Safety

Safety tips for crossing the road

  • Always look for traffic in both directions before crossing a road.
  • Use a pedestrian crossing if available, where drivers can clearly see you.
  • It is illegal to walk across the road within 30 metres of a pedestrian crossing.
  • When crossing, make eye contact with drivers to ensure they have seen you.
  • If there is no crossing facility nearby, choose an open, clear place to cross where driver can see you and where you can see cars coming.

Crossing the road seniors and child

  • Can you cross in time? If there is any doubt, wait until the next gap in traffic.
  • Wearing shoes with a good grip that fit well and that are in good condition helps us to walk securely.
  • Walk along the footpath, never along the roadway where drivers may not see you.
  • Bright or light coloured clothing or a bag can help you to be visible to drivers, especially at night time and in poor weather.
  • A wheeled bag can be very handy if walking is difficult with heavy goods. Otherwise it can be good to walk to the shops or library and catch public transport home.
  • Be careful in car parks and when walking past driveways - some people reverse without looking.