People over 60 and young children account for the greatest number of pedestrian injuries and
fatalities. At present 40% of pedestrians killed are aged 60 or over, although only about 17% of
the population are in this age group.
This ageing of the population will increase the proportion of pedestrians at risk.
The Government must therefore conduct public education and advertising campaigns targeting this more
The safety of pedestrians must be improved through the provision of adequate road crossing
facilities, audio-tactile signals and ramps for wheelchairs, prams and shopping
Have you noticed the number of pedestrians wishing to cross at Roundabouts and the incidents where
vehicles do not stop?
Technology can already vary pedestrian signal crossing times for the needs of particular user groups.
In the next decade more sophisticated devices will be able to measure the speed at which users cross and
Lengthen the ‘walk’ time if a user is at risk.
The RMS must develop information programs about the use of such facilities, especially for seniors and children.
Lower speed limits represent one of the most effective safety improvements.
New strategies in road safety
During the next decade local and state Government must seek to lead changes in community perception of the importance of road safety by
• raising the level of awareness of road safety issues
• improving community understanding of what we are doing in road safety.
• increasing the ability of Local Government to implement initiatives and improve road safety at a local level
promoting greater involvement and better co-ordination with all road safety