Tuesday, November 23, 2010

Pedestrians and Drivers

Since we are all pedestrians some of the time, its good to know what the Road Rules say about driver obligations to pedestrians. In 2008, 44 pedestrians were seriously injured in the City of Port Phillip, 23% of all road users.
At pedestrian crossings
A driver must give way to any pedestrian on a pedestrian crossing, and you must not overtake another vehicle which has stopped at a pedestrian crossing. When approaching a pedestrian crossing, you must drive at a speed that would enable you to stop safely.
At intersections
When turning at any intersection (except a roundabout), you must give way to any pedestrians crossing the road you are entering
In slip lanes
You must give way to any pedestrian in a slip lane
At pedestrian lights
You must give way to any pedestrian on a pedestrian crossing. At pedestrian lights with When Flashing Give Way to Pedstrians signs, when the yellow light starts flashing, you can proceed provided you give way to any pedestrians still on the crossing
At a children's crossing
You must approach a children's crossing at a speed from which you can safely stop. You must stop at a flagged children's crossing if a pedestrian is on or entering the crossing.

For all the Road Rules applying to pedestrians go to www.vicroads.vic.gov.au/Home/SafetyAndRules/RoadRules/Pedestrians.htm

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