Operation Amble launched, South Australia

Eastern District police have commenced an operation focused on pedestrian safety in the Adelaide CBD over the next four weeks.

Since 1 October last year and 31 January 2019, there have been 23 collisions involving vehicles and pedestrians in the CBD.

Chief Inspector Matt Nairn from Eastern District said, “It’s a busy time in the Adelaide CBD over the next four weeks with large number of pedestrians walking to and from a variety of events and festivals.

“This is about safety – Pedestrians carry the same responsibility as other road users to obey the law. That means crossing the road safely, when the signal is green and at an official crossing point when within 20m of one.”

During Operation Amble police will be focused on changing risk-taking behaviour by pedestrians such as disobeying ‘Don’t Walk’ signs at lights, walking across busy lanes of traffic or running in front of cars.

Pedestrians making risky decisions while under the influence of alcohol – drink walking – will also come under police attention in key entertainment areas of the CBD during this operation

“In addition police will be paying close attention to the behaviour of any road user – including drivers, cyclists and scooter riders – that put pedestrians at risk” Chief Inspector Nairn said.

Police foot and bicycle patrols will be paying attention to pedestrian crossings and pedestrian activity in and around entertainment precincts such as Hindley and Rundle Street, plus the increased activity at The Fringe, Supaloop and WOMadelaide.

Operation Amble is expected to continue to the end of March.

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