VicPol Corporate


Pedestrian safety is a matter of using your eyes, ears, judgment and common sense.

Pedestrian dos

  • use traffic lights, pedestrian crossings, pedestrian refuges, and overpasses and underpasses
  • establish eye-to-eye contact with drivers to ensure you have been seen
  • when crossing the road, walk straight across
  • keep scanning for oncoming traffic while crossing the road
  • children learn road safety by watching adults – set a good example by always crossing the road at a crossing or at traffic lights

Pedestrian don'ts

  • avoid crossing near the crest of a hill or on a bend
  • don't step from the kerb until traffic has stopped
  • avoid emerging from between parked vehicles


  • slow down and be aware of pedestrian movement near schools, shopping centres and other pedestrian areas
  • never assume a pedestrian or driver has seen you
  • before crossing the road, think about whether any approaching drivers can see you
  • make eye contact with drivers if possible
  • be seen – at night wear reflective clothing or something light in colour

Reviewed 15 November 2019