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Safety and Security

10 Sep 2019

Travelling safely in Southbank

After a record low road toll in 2018, when 214 people lost their lives in Victoria, there have already been 192 lives lost, an increase of 56 compared to the same time last year.

This is a shocking statistic. What steps can you take to keep yourselves safe on the roads in your local area?

Many residents of Southbank may not own a car and the main method of transport is walking or riding a bicycle. However, pedestrians and cyclists are vulnerable road users, as they have little or no protection in the event of a collision. Pedestrians and bike riders are examples of vulnerable road users, the young and elderly also fall into this category.

So, what steps can you take to keep yourselves safe when travelling away from your homes in Southbank?

Pedestrians:

  • Be predictable – follow the rules of the road and obey signs and signals.
  • Cross the road safely – plan where you will walk and always choose the safest place to cross. If there is a pedestrian crossing with lights available use it and obey the traffic signals.
  • Keep alert at all times – don’t be distracted by electronic devices that take your eyes and ears off the road. Many fatalities have occurred when pedestrians have not heard traffic noise and warning signals due to the volume level of earphones. Texting while walking is an unsafe practice.
  • Never assume a driver sees you - make eye contact with drivers as they approach to make sure you are seen.

Cyclists:

  • Wear a helmet – all bike riders, their passengers and scooter riders are required to wear a bike helmet in Victoria.
  • Keeping visible – crashes between cars and bicycles are more likely to occur when light is poor. Wear a bright top day and night. At night reflective strips on a vest or backpack will make you more visible.
  • Use lights at night – this is the law. The front and rear lights must be visible from 200 metres and the bicycle must also have a red rear reflector visible from 50 metres. Using flashing front and back lights in the daylight too helps you be seen on the road.
  • Bicycles are vehicles – under the law, bike riders have the same rights and responsibilities as car drivers. This means stopping at traffic control signals.

Snr Sgt Alex O'Toole - Southbank Police Station

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