NRMA calls for senior-safe crossings

THE NRMA is calling for a review of the timing of pedestrian traffic signals to give older pedestrians more time to cross the road.

During Seniors Week, this week, the NRMA Motoring and Services is highlighting the need for changes to infrastructure and service delivery to meet the needs of the ageing population for drivers and pedestrians.

“It's an unfortunate reality - as we grow older things in our community will have to change in order to keep us mobile and safe,” NRMA President Wendy Machin said.

“Research has shown that modifications to the driving environment can make a difference to the safety of our community and a big difference to our ageing community. The Government, NRMA and the community need to work together now to tackle this issue,” Ms Machin added.

Ms Machin said that some of the measure would have an effect on traffic congestion and travel time if they aren't planned and implemented properly, which is why work needs to start now.

Major infrastructure challenges that lay ahead include:

Pedestrian crossings - Using reflective pavement markings and countdown timers so pedestrians have an idea of timing required to cross safely.

Having a right turn signal on traffic lights at intersections - Instead of leaving drivers to determine when it is safe to turn.

Stop sign - Safety can be increased by raised strips or lines on the road in the lead up to a stop sign.

Improved lighting in all traffic situations.

Signage - Larger, simpler and better positioned traffic lights.



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