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Corrimal pedestrians ‘lookout’

Remember to look left at the traffic, look right, and then left again and then cross the road … fine guidelines for crossing our busier roads today.

To help you remember this basic safety guide for crossing the road, Wollongong City Council has stencilled LOOK signs at 125 sites throughout the city., including Corrimal.

The signs have been stencilled at key intersections, signals and pedestrian refuges where there are high volumes of pedestrians crossing in Corrimal, Fairy Meadow, Wollongong, Dapto, Warrawong.

Wollongong City Road Safety Officer Naomi Reid said the stencils are a reminder for pedestrians to look in the direction of the oncoming traffic before crossing the road and encouraging pedestrians to think twice before they cross.

“Across Wollongong about eight per cent of crashes involve pedestrians,” Ms Reid said. “So it’s important to remind people that they should slow down, pay attention and look both ways before they cross any road.

“It’s also timely to remind pedestrians they shouldn’t be using their mobile or tablet when attempting to cross the road.”

Statistics from Transport for NSW Centre for Road Safety (2009 – 2013) show across NSW about 9.5 per cent of crashes involve pedestrians who are injured or killed. In Wollongong LGA, this figure is 8 per cent. The most prominent age groups involved in pedestrian casualties are those over 70 years and those aged between five and 16 years.

For more information you can contact Council’s Customer Service on (02) 4227 7111.

About Mick Roberts

A newspaper journalist, writer and local historian, Mick Roberts specialises in Australian cultural history, particularly associated with the Australian hotel and liquor industry. Mick has had an interest in revealing the colourful story of pubs, inns and associated industries in the Sydney and Illawarra regions of NSW for over 30 years. He is currently working on a comprehensive history of the hotel and liquor industry in the Illawarra region of NSW. Besides authoring a number of history books, Mick has owned and operated several community newspapers. He was one time editor of the Wollongong Northern News, The Bulli Times, The Northern Times, The Northern Leader and The Local - all located in the Wollongong region. As a journalist he has worked for Rural Press, Cumberland (News Limted), Sydney based, City News, and is now with Torch Publications.

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