Pedestrian deaths on NSW roads up by 57%

WITH holiday season fast approaching and a 57% surge in pedestrian deaths on NSW roads this year, police are reminding people to ensure they get home safely.

Compared to the same period in 2014, there has already been more deaths on NSW roads, prompting police to again urge road users to display responsible driving behaviours.

A police media spokesman said the Get Home Safely campaign was launched this week and will initially focus on pedestrian safety.

"There has been a 57% increase on pedestrian fatalities in 2015, and many of these accidents have been due to risky pedestrian behaviours," the spokesman said.

"Remember to use dedicated crossings, stay alert and don't look at your phone when crossing.

"The Get Home Safely campaign reminds road users to slow down, stop risky behaviours and be mindful of other road users leading into the holiday season."

Each week, the campaign will be promoting safety messages for key groups who have been identified as high risk road users.



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