Shared from the 5/30/2017 Inner West Courier - City eEdition


Pedestrian safety campaign steps up

AT 70 years old Ted Floyd has become the latest pedestrian killed on our roads after he was hit by a car in Rozelle on Tuesday.

Mr Floyd was a wellknown environmental and pedestrian rights activist who was struck by a reversing car.

His death comes as police and councils across the inner west vow to target pedestrian safety in their “look out before your step out” campaign.

He is 15th pedestrian to die on inner-west roads since 2013.

In the past three years 231 pedestrian were seriously injured on inner-west roads

– with elderly people over represented in these figures.

Of the 15 people killed, seven were over the age of 60 and three over the age of 80.

Sargeant George Adams of Burwood LAC said elderly people would be at the forefront of the new campaign.

“People often don’t realise that they are crossing the road illegally – particularly kids as well as the elderly.

“People tend to look straight ahead when they cross but often we have seen a car comes from behind.

“It is hard to get the message across and we do have to give out tickets as that is how people learn that it is actually against the law,” Sgt Adams said.

He said Burwood police had handed out 163 tickets for jaywalking in the past 18 months.

Older people were vulnerable because they had “less chance of surviving or being able to move out of the way quickly”, Sgt Adams said.

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