Victoria Police take aim at pedestrian safety

Targeting Pedestrian Safety: During National Road Safety Week, Victoria Police organized a statewide day of action targeting pedestrian safety and distraction last week. Photo by Rodney Braithwaite

Victoria Police organized a statewide day of action after pedestrian fatalities more than doubled this year.

Last Wednesday, May 18, Victoria Police targeted pedestrian safety and distraction as part of National Road Safety Week.

Echuca Highway Patrol Sgt. Paul Nicholl said the biggest concern was students crossing the Murray Valley Expressway.

According to police statistics, 15 pedestrians have been killed on Victoria’s roads this year, compared to six people last year. More than 1,200 pedestrians were also injured last year.

Deputy Police Commissioner for Road Policing Glenn Weir said he was concerned the number of pedestrians killed on the roads would continue to rise.

“Distraction has been a factor in several pedestrian fatalities this year,” he said.

“Too often, people aren’t aware of their surroundings because they’re listening to music blaring through their headphones or engrossed in their mobile phone.”

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