Distractions a danger to pedestrians

The Victorian Government has called on Victorians to be alert around roads, after new figures show pedestrian fatalities rose by 22 per cent last year.

 

In 2014, 44 pedestrians lost their lives on Victorian roads, up from 36 the previous year.

 

Of the 44 pedestrian deaths in 2014:

  • 29 per cent were aged 70 or over

  • 73 per cent were male

  • 68 per cent occurred in the Melbourne metropolitan area

  • 25 per cent occurred on a Sunday

  • 20 per cent occurred between 6pm and 8pm.

Victoria's overall road toll was up two per cent, to 249.

 

Minister for Roads & Road Safety, Luke Donnellan, joined representatives of Victoria Police and the TAC to call on pedestrians to stay alert and on the ball at all times.

 

In an effort to reduce pedestrian road trauma, the TAC is broadening its public safety campaigns to target people on foot, focusing on lapses in concentration caused by mobile phones and music players.

 

The TAC has formed a major new partnership with the Australian Open – an event expected to draw in 700,000 pedestrians over two weeks.

 

Police today conducted an operation encouraging safe pedestrian behavior and enforcing pedestrian road laws in Melbourne’s CBD, coinciding with one of the busiest times of the year on Victoria’s calendar.

 

The Government's new Safer Cyclists and Pedestrians Fund will provide $100 million for new paths and intersections to separate cars from foot traffic and make our roads safer.

 

21 January 2015.