Pedestrians

Pedestrians are vulnerable road users along with cyclists and motorcyclists because they do not have the protection of a vehicle.

One in 11 fatalities in Tasmania and one in 10 serious injuries in the past five years were pedestrians.

All road users respecting each other and complying with the road rules will reduce pedestrian fatalities and serious injuries.

Children, the elderly and people affected by alcohol are most at risk.

Young children, still developing the skills needed to be a safe road user, lack experience and adults should always supervise them around traffic. The elderly need enough time to safely cross the road and take advantage of crossings and safe places for pedestrians to wait until it is safe to cross.

Anyone walking on or near roads at night should wear light coloured or reflective clothing, particularly at dawn and dusk.

Pedestrians should always walk where it is safe, cross the road at traffic lights or pedestrian crossings where possible and where not, cross the road at the shortest possible point with the best view of oncoming traffic.

Drivers are responsible for looking out for pedestrians, particularly at night, and should drive to conditions by slowing down where there are a lot of pedestrians such as schools and shopping zones.