Essential road rules for pedestrians
Road rules aren’t just for cars. Here are seven to remember to keep pedestrians safe.
Road rules are not just for cars and bicycles, they’re for pedestrians too. Even if you’re just walking around your local neighbourhood, it’s important to stay safe by following the rules. Ignoring them may even cost you an on-the-spot fine.
If you’re just nipping across the road and can’t be bothered detouring 10 metres to a pedestrian crossing, you’re risking an $83 on-the-spot fine for jay-walking or up to $330 if you contest it in court but are found guilty.
Also beware of dedicated bike paths when you’re out on your daily walk. Many people don’t realise it’s against the law to walk on a bicycle path or the section of a separated path designated for bikes.
RACV’s senior manager transport, planning and infrastructure, Peter Kartsidimas, says many people are walking regularly during COVID-19 restrictions but not everyone is aware of the road safety rules regarding pedestrians. He says motorists are also likely to encounter more pedestrians, especially in areas where they aren’t used to seeing them, and must be vigilant.
For example, when reversing out of your driveway, you could end up with a $289 on-the-spot fine and lose three demerit points if you don’t take due consideration of people walking by.
“With more people walking it’s important for both pedestrians and motorists to be extra careful, understand the rules and be respectful of all road users,” says Peter.