WHO GOES FIRST? Warwick shared zones are a source of confusion for many motorists and pedestrians in the CBD.
WHO GOES FIRST? Warwick shared zones are a source of confusion for many motorists and pedestrians in the CBD. Kerri Moore

Street zone confusion is shared by everyone

NAVIGATING the main street remains a hazardous task for some road users, with the rules surrounding shared zones still unclear to some.

Warwick police acting officer-in-charge Shane Reid said both pedestrians and motorists were unsure as to who should yield and he was worried somebody would be seriously injured.

Motorists are required to give way to pedestrians in shared zones but Acting Senior Sergeant Reid said some pedestrians were placing themselves in danger by darting in front of vehicles.

"People are just confused because shared zones are a relatively new thing and everyone has a different opinion on when they have to give way," he said.

"There are a lot of close calls that don't always get reported and we don't want to see anybody get hurt.

"Pedestrians need to be aware of their own safety in the shared zones and not to cross where they may place themselves in danger of being hit by a vehicle."

Act Snr Sgt Reid said there were things all users could do to keep themselves and others safe.

"Motorists need to be aware to travel at a reduced speed in shared zones because they are sharing the road with pedestrians," he said. "Take care driving in areas where there are children, especially near schools and playgrounds and watch out for children running into the road."

Act Sgt Reid also encouraged people to ensure they are adhering to the reduced speed limits, especially after dark. "Lower your speed at night and be alert of people waling out on the road suddenly, especially around areas where alcohol may be served," he said.

Sharing

  •  Motorists must give way to pedestrians crossing the road in a shared zone
  •   Pedestrians should take care not to step out into traffic
  •  The Palmerin St shared zone runs from the Victoria St corner to Percy St.


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