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Pedestrians urged to walk on safe side of the law

Police are urging pedestrians and motorists to step up their road safety skills and be on the alert for each other following a significant number of recent pedestrian fatalities in Queensland.

Four pedestrians have already died on Queensland roads this year which represents 15 per cent of all road fatalities in 2016.

Road Policing Command Assistant Commissioner Mike Keating said 21 pedestrians lost their lives on our roads last year.

“The tragic reality of these deaths is that the majority of them were a result of a poor, last-minute decision by either the pedestrian or a driver,” Assistant Commissioner Keating said.

“It is imperative that all road users obey road signals and remain vigilant and conscious of each other, particularly at busy traffic intersections and road crossings.

“It is not worth risking your life or the life of someone else to save a few seconds travel time.”

Assistant Commissioner Keating said one in three pedestrians who died last year were aged over 70.

“Drivers need to take particular care around the most vulnerable in our community such as the elderly and children,” he said.

“Equally, we urge pedestrians to only cross roads when it is safe to do so and we encourage parents to teach their children about the important of pedestrian safety.”

Pedestrian safety tips

• At traffic lights – only cross when a green walking figure appears and once you’ve checked that drivers are actually stopping for their red light.
• At traffic lights – Do not begin to cross the road if there is a red figure – flashing or stationary.
• At pedestrian crossings – If there is more than one lane to cross, be sure that all approaching traffic has seen you.
• If there is no signed road crossing within 20 metres, cross by the shortest and safest route such as using a traffic island.
• Avoid being distracted by talking on your phone or listening to music

For more information about road rules for both motorists and pedestrians visit: http://www.legislation.qld.gov.au/LEGISLTN/CURRENT/T/TrantOpRURR09.pdf

Anyone with information which could assist with this matter should contact Crime Stoppers anonymously via 1800 333 000 or crimestoppers.com.au 24hrs a day.

Crime Stoppers is a registered charity and community volunteer organisation working in partnership with the Queensland Police Service.

For all non-urgent police reporting or general police inquiries contact Policelink on 131 444 or Policelink.qld.gov.au 24hrs a day.

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