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Pedestrian Safety ‘A Top Priority’

By David Bell

Efforts are underway in Rockhampton to further ensure the safety of pedestrians, as the local council reminds motorists that parking on footpaths is unlawful.

Ellen Smith, chair of the council's health and compliance committee, explained that parking in this way creates a hazard for pedestrians – and could land motorists with a $44 fine.

"It is important that both pedestrians and motorists have a clear view of the environment in which they are travelling and parked cars on footpaths can make it difficult for both see the road and the footpath and to anticipate other travellers' intentions," she commented.

Ms Smith also noted that pedestrians may be forced to walk on the road, which also creates problems for them and motorists alike.

Safety is often a major consideration for anyone looking to rent property in Rockhampton, so these latest steps are likely to prove a hit with existing and potential residents alike.

Rockhampton Regional Council was recently praised for excellence in road safety as it was recognised at the National Awards for Local Government.

This came as the council announced a ten-year plan to help make roads across the region safer – something that will become increasingly important as the area expands.

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