Almost everyone is a pedestrian at some point in their life. Pedestrians are vulnerable road users and more susceptible to the possibility of serious injury or death in the event of a crash.
To remain safe, it’s important that pedestrians make good choices every time they approach the road. Drivers also play a part in pedestrian safety and should always be alert, particularly at crossings and intersections.
The number of pedestrian fatalities declined from 17 in 2017, to 6 fatalities in 2018. But serious injuries involving pedestrians increased in 2018 (68 serious injuries, up serious injuries, up from 49 serious injuries in 2017).
Under the Road Traffic Act 1961 and the Australian Road Rules a number of offences exist in relation to walking without regard to other road users or without regard to safety. It is an offence to walk without reasonable consideration for other road users
Under the Australian Road Rules:
It is an offence for a pedestrian to cross a road diagonally unless at an intersection where this is allowed.
A pedestrian must cross a road by the shortest safest route and they can only cross when the pedestrian lights are green.
A pedestrian must not cross a road within 20 meters of a crossing on the road, except at the crossing or another crossing.