CROSSING THE ROAD
There is an emerging trend in the increasing number of pedestrians crossing the road illegally.
Road Safety Issue:
Rights must be matched by responsibilities. All pedestrians must abide by the prevailing laws and regulations.
(1) A pedestrian must not cross a road, or part of a road, within
20 metres of a crossing on the road, except at the crossing or
another crossing, unless the pedestrian is:
(a) crossing, or helping another pedestrian to cross, an area of
the road between tram tracks and the far left side of the
road to get on, or after getting off, a tram or public bus; or
(b) crossing to or from a safety zone; or
(c) crossing at an intersection with traffic lights and a
pedestrians may cross diagonally sign; or
(d) crossing in a shared zone; or
(e) crossing a road, or a part of a road, from which vehicles
are excluded, either permanently or temporarily.
Note Intersection, public bus, traffic lights, tram and tram tracks are
defined in the dictionary, safety zone is defined in rule 162, and shared
zone is defined in rule 24.
(2) A pedestrian must not stay on a crossing on a road for longer
than necessary to cross the road safely.
(3) Subrule (2) does not apply to a person who is helping
pedestrians cross a road at a crossing if the person is permitted
to do so under another law of this jurisdiction.
(4) In this rule:
crossing means a children’s crossing, marked foot crossing or
Note Children’s crossing is defined in rule 80, marked foot crossing is
defined in the dictionary, and pedestrian crossing is defined in rule 81.
Penalties and Enforcement
Children crossing the road
The PCA provides the following advice to parents regarding child pedestrian safety in the traffic environment: