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Who Rules the Road? Pedestrian Road Rules Assessment in Victoria

Britnell, L, Beer, K, Carlisle, R, Pereira, N

Pedestrians & non Drivers

ARSC conference 2016

EXTENDED ABSTRACT: The 942 “older” pedestrian crashes that occurred in Victoria from 1 July 2009 to 30 June 2014, indicate that there is an issue that needs to be addressed.

Would a consistent requirement for vehicles to give way to pedestrians at non-signalised intersections increase road safety and eliminate current road user confusion about when drivers are or are not required to give way to pedestrians?

A risk assessment of such a requirement indicates that in Victoria a number of road rules would need amendments, yet it is not clear that changes to these road rules would not introduce new risks.