Tasmania’s population is growing, and our towns and cities are busier than ever. With more people and more cars there is more chance of a pedestrian being seriously injured or killed on our roads.
Pedestrians have little or no protection in the event of a crash with a motor vehicle and so are more likely to be killed or seriously injured.
We are making our towns and cities safer by progressively improving road safety infrastructure; however, this takes time and even the safest roads can’t prevent injuries or deaths if motorists aren’t paying attention or are speeding, or equally if pedestrians don’t watch when crossing the road.
The number of pedestrians seriously injured or killed on Tasmanian roads has reduced dramatically over the last 30 years. This has been achieved through lowering the default city speed limits to 50 km/h, introducing 40km/h speed limits in areas with high pedestrian traffic, safer vehicles, installing safer road infrastructure such as controlled intersections and safe crossing points, and introducing traffic calming measures.