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Pedestrian Safety

1 November 2019

The Department of Transport and Public Works would like to urge everyone to play a role in improving road safety for pedestrians, cyclists, passengers and drivers. Our Safely Home campaign encourages motorists to be vigilant on the road, and pedestrians to make themselves visible to motorists, especially at night and in the early morning.

A high percentage of pedestrians killed on the road who were tested for alcohol had a blood alcohol content (BAC) of more than 0.2 g per 100ml of blood, which is four times the legal limit for drivers. Male pedestrian fatalities are more likely to have a high BAC than females. Young males are the category of pedestrian most likely to die after drinking, with the highest risk being those aged 20 – 29 years. More than three times as many pedestrians die on Saturdays than on Wednesdays.

If you are a pedestrian, stay away from freeways and busy roads, especially at night, and especially after consuming alcohol. Always wear high visibility clothing, particularly in the evening and in bad weather. Walk in groups when possible.

If you are a motorist, show consideration for pedestrians wherever they are. Pedestrians are almost always killed in collisions with vehicles travelling more than 60km per hour. Slowing down will give you more time to avoid to pedestrians in the road. If you are travelling more slowly and you collide with a pedestrian, the pedestrian is more likely to survive.

Key messages

  • Alcohol and roads don’t mix.
  • Be smart, walk safe. If you are not seen on the road, you may not see your future.
  • Kill your speed not a pedestrian.



Media Enquiries: 

Jandré Bakker
Head of Communication
Department of Transport and Public Works
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