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.