Pedestrian safety highlighted after West Gosford fatality

NSW Police appealed for pedestrians to take care, avoid risks and be aware of their surroundings after a recent pedestrian fatality at West Gosford.

Assistant commissioner John Hartley of the state’s Traffic and Highway Patrol Command said the death highlighted the need to be vigilant when it comes to pedestrian safety.

About 5:00pm on Saturday, July 25, a 76 year old male was struck by a vehicle whilst crossing Hely St, West Gosford. “Sadly, 37 pedestrians have lost their lives on NSW roads so far this year, being nine 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, scooters and roller blades.

People on motorized wheelchairs are also considered pedestrians. Drivers need to remember that pedestrians, especially children are often diffi cult to see and their behaviour can be unpredictable, so take extra care where people are out and about.”

Acting general manager Centre for Road Safety Mr Bernard Carlon said everyone on the road has a role to play when it comes to pedestrian safety. “Pedestrians are our most vulnerable road users.

“We need those on foot and those behind the wheel to be equally alert to reduce the number of pedestrians killed and injured on our roads,” Mr Carlon said.

“If you’re a pedestrian, use designated crossings and only walk when the light is green – it’s illegal to start crossing when the light is flashing red.

Assistant Commissioner Hartley said pedestrians should be aware of their surroundings and always use pedestrian crossings.

Media release,
15 August 2015
NSW Police media