The Courier
Saturday, 2 December 2023

Letters to the Editor

Updated February 18 2016 - 11:55pm, first published 2:54pm

Not worth dying for

What is happening on our roads? Five pedestrians have been killed in Victoria in the past week. One of the fatalities was a 65 year old woman who was struck and killed by a car while she was waiting at a bus stop. Another a man on a footpath picking his kids up from school. And on Tuesday morning a man was hit in the Melbourne CBD and a school girl was hit by a garbage truck in Melbourne's south-east. It is too early to say who was at fault in this disturbing spate of crashes involving pedestrians. However, research shows that pedestrians are usually not the cause of crashes that kill or injure them. TAC research shows that driver error causes 88 per cent of crashes involving senior pedestrians who are injured and 66 per cent of pedestrians 16-39 years. The most common crash scenario is when a pedestrian is hit from behind by a car turning right at an intersection. That is, the driver failed to give way to a pedestrian as they are legally required to do. It is apparent that large number of drivers either do not know, or do not heed, road rules relating to pedestrians such as giving way to walkers when crossing sliplanes, or when undertaking U turns, or entering or exiting a carpark or driveway. We need better enforcement and road design that facilitates safe driving and takes care of pedestrians. As for pedestrian error, we are human, we all make mistakes, but we shouldn't pay for our mistakes with our lives.