Distracted...? Pedestrian Safety
Warringah Council together with Hornsby, Ku-ring-gai, Lane Cove, Manly, Mosman, North Sydney, Pittwater, Ryde, and Willoughby, and in conjunction with Roads and Maritime Services are working to make pedestrians more aware of the dangers of distraction while using mobile devices when they are out and about.
The Distracted...? Campaign aims to reduce pedestrian crashes and challenge pedestrians to take responsibility for their own safety when crossing the road. As pedestrians, we become more vulnerable when stepping out from the kerb if our head space is occupied with music and mobile phones because they limit hearing and reduce concentration and reaction times.
The Distracted...? Campaign runs across the ten Northern Sydney Councils and will remind pedestrians to stop and be completely aware of all potential dangers before walking onto the road.
In 2014 there were 158 pedestrian casualties reported across the 10 Northern Sydney Councils, with 2 fatalities.
Seven Pedestrian Safety Tips
- Head up. Phone down
- Don't walk and text
- Be especially aware in heavily trafficked areas
- If you do need to text, move to one side of the footpath, stop then text
- Always use pedestrian crossings if available
- Never assume an approaching driver can see you or will stop
- At intersections, check for turning vehicles before you leave the kerb
Have you seen the "Distracted" campaign? Tell us what you think and fill out our survey! Click the pedestrian feedback link.
For more about Warringah Council's road safety education projects you can contact the Road Safety Officer.