Police urge caution after pedestrians killed

POLICE are urging pedestrians to take care when crossing the road after an 84-year-old woman was struck and killed in Sydney.

The elderly woman was hit by a car while crossing a road in the beachside suburb of Bronte at around 10am on Thursday.

Sadly, she succumbed to her injuries and died in hospital.


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It comes after a 76-year-old man died after being run over while crossing Hely Street in Gosford on Saturday July 25.

Assistant Commissioner John Hartley of the state’s Traffic and Highway Patrol Command said the tragic deaths highlight the need to be vigilant when it comes to pedestrian safety.

“Sadly, 37 pedestrians have lost their lives on NSW roads so far this year, being 9 more than this time last year,” Assistant Commissioner Hartley said.

“We know that pedestrians can be of any age and include joggers, people with a disability, as well as those on wheeled toys or recreational devices such as skateboards, foot scooters and rollerblades. People on motorised wheelchairs are also considered pedestrians.

Drivers need to remember that pedestrians, especially children, are often difficult to see and their behaviour can be unpredictable, so take extra care where people are out and about.”

Assistant Commissioner Hartley said pedestrians should be aware of their surroundings and;

  • Always use pedestrian crossings
  • Never assume that an approaching vehicle can see you, or will stop for you – wait until all vehicles have stopped before you cross
  • At intersections, check for turning vehicles before you leave the kerb, and while you are crossing the road
  • Avoid crossing between parked cars or at the front or back of buses
  • Wear bright, light coloured clothing at night or in reduced visibility conditions
  • Avoid using a mobile phone or portable media player (so you can hear vehicles and concentrate on crossing the road)
  • At traffic lights, make sure that vehicles stop before you start to cross, and don’t enter the road if vehicles are moving through the crossing.
  • Drivers and other road users should also be aware of pedestrians by;
  • Slowing down on roads where there are likely to be a lot of pedestrians, especially near schools and shopping centres; near hotels there are likely to be pedestrians who have been drinking
  • Be aware that pedestrians are hard to see at night and in poor weather
  • Don’t assume that a pedestrian has seen you and will wait for you to go past
  • Be mindful that vulnerable pedestrians may need extra time to cross – children can be difficult to see and may act unpredictably

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