Some Drinkwalkers can't remember how they got from one pub to the next, or how they got home.
Like Sleepwalkers, Drinkwalkers don’t know they’re doing it. Which can been pretty annoying, inappropriate or just plain dangerous.
So if you’re driving tonight, watch out for Drinkwalkers, because they won’t be looking out for you.
Pedestrians can be difficult to see. They can be under the influence of alcohol or drugs, are often distracted, talking on their mobile, listening to their iPod or chatting to friends. But as a driver, you have a responsibility to take care on the roads and watch out for hazards.
The Hot Spots
If you're driving in the city tonight take extra care and watch out for Drinkwalkers in the following hot spots, especially if it's a Friday or Saturday night.
- North Terrace
- Grenfell Street
- Currie Street
- Pultney Street
- King William Road
- Jetty Road
- Norwood Parade
Map of Hotspots - Adelaide
Map of Hotspots - Greater Adelaide
If you're walking, especially at night, you should make sure you can be seen by:
- Wearing light-coloured clothing
- Not crossing roads near the crest of a hill, on a bend or between parked cars, because it is harder for a driver to see you in these places.
Almost half of all pedestrian crashes occur within 30 metres of a crossing.
- Whenever possible cross at pedestrian crossings, traffic lights or a pedestrian refuge. But make sure traffic has actually stopped before crossing.
- If there are no crossings, cross where you have a good view of approaching traffic and drivers can see you from both directions.
- If you're not sure, don't cross.
- If you're involved in a crash your injuries are often severe. You are most likely to suffer from injury to your head and or lower parts of your body. So look after yourself and you're mates when walking and crossing the road.
In the last 5 years 1 out of every 9 people killed on South Australian roads was a pedestrian with males and females being equally at risk.
30% of all pedestrians killed or seriously injured were Drinkwalkers with a BAC of 0.05% or more.
64% of Drinkwalkers aged 24-29 killed or seriously injured had a BAC of 0.08% or more.
In most crashes the pedestrian is at fault, however drivers have a responsibility to take care on the roads and watch out for hazards, whatever they may be.
Between 2004-2008 77% of pedestrian fatalities and serious injuries were the result of a pedestrian not paying attention.
Pedestrians however are not off the hook. They too must take responsibility for themselves and their mates when walking, especially at night after a few drinks.
|% of seriously injured/killed Drinkwalkers with a BAC of .08 or above. Crashes 2004 - 2008, by age:|
Under the Road Traffic Act 1961 and the Australian Road Rules a number of offences exist in relation to walking without regard to other road users or without regard to safety.
It is an offence to walk without reasonable consideration for other road users.
Under the Australian Road Rules:
- It is an offence for a pedestrian to cross a road diagonally unless at an intersection where this is allowed.
- A pedestrian must cross a road by the shortest safest route and they can only cross when the pedestrian lights are green.
- A pedestrian must not cross a road within 20 meters of a crossing on the road, except at the crossing or another crossing.
Penalties apply for offences under the Australian Road Rules.