Pedestrians reminded to 'Look Out Before You Step Out'

19/04/2017
 
Highly visible pavement stickers are being installed at pedestrian crossings, intersections and pedestrian refuges across Shellharbour to remind pedestrians to make safe decisions when crossing the road and to only cross at safe locations.

Roads and Maritime Services and the Centre for Road Safety are working with councils across the state to expand the ‘Look out before you step out’ campaign and combat the number of pedestrians hit on the state’s roads.

With over 1,500 pedestrians struck each year across New South Wales alone, the campaign aims to help reduce this number.

“Sadly, taking unnecessary risks and not paying attention when crossing the road can often end in tragedy” said Mayor Marianne Saliba.

In the Shellharbour region pedestrians represent six percent of all casualty crashes and 81 percent of all pedestrian casualties involve a local resident.

“The installation of these stickers is a simple and effective way to remind people to be aware of moving traffic and to always look before they cross” Cr Saliba said.

The stickers will be installed over the coming weeks in Shellharbour City Centre, Shellharbour Village, Oak Flats, Warilla, Albion Park and Albion Park Rail.

For more information on the campaign visit www.shellharbour.nsw.gov.au or www.roadsafety.transport.nsw.gov.au.

Mayor Marianne Saliba will be available for comment and photo opportunity at 10.30am on Wednesday 26 April at the pedestrian crossing adjacent to Greater Union Cinema, Memorial Drive Shellharbour City Centre.

For more information contact Council’s Media Officer on 4221 6038.