Qld Road Safety Week: Distracted pedestrians urged to put down the phone

Have you ever walked across a road with your eyes glued to your phone? A number of us would have done it at least once in our lives… sometimes without even noticing.

It’s a terrible and potentially fatal habit that the State Government is working to put a stop to.

This week, distracted pedestrians are the target of a major pedestrian safety campaign aimed to curb Queensland’s shockingly high road death toll.


In 2017, 35 pedestrians died and 357 were hurt or seriously injured in crashes on Queensland roads. Already this year 21 pedestrians have been killed.

The safety initiative, which encourages people on foot to ‘be aware and take care’ was launched today as part of Queensland Road Safety Week.

“No one should be too busy or too short on time to check it’s safe before crossing the road,” RACQ Head of Technical and Safety Policy Steve Spalding said.

He also revealed that simple lessons learned from a young age about safely crossing the road could be quickly erased by distractions like mobile phones.

“We learn about how to safely cross the road at school, because there are no second chances if you step into the path of a car,” Mr Spalding said.

“Checking for traffic might not be as interesting as checking your phone, but it’s something you can’t ignore.”

Over the next fews weeks a number of life-saving safety reminders will be chalked onto footpaths at several city crossing locations in Brisbane’s CBD.

“This campaign uses street panels, walking boards and chalk messages on the footpath to remind pedestrians of their safety,” Transport and Main Roads Minister Mark Bailey said.

“We all have a role to play in keeping our roads safe. We need to step up to the challenge and look out for each other on the road. We all need to be aware and cross with care.”