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SAFETY barriers must be built around Adelaide's tram stops as part of a statewide campaign to improve pedestrian safety, the Opposition says. Opposition road safety spokesman Stephen Wade is calling on the State Government to act on pedestrian safety following a 42 per cent increase in serious injury accidents this year.
So far this year 80 people have been involved in serious pedestrian crashes. This compares to 60 at the same time last year and is also five more than the three year average of 75.
Nine pedestrians have also been killed on SA roads so far this year. The most recent was father of two John Ficcadenti who was struck by a wheel that came loose from a semi-trailer on Gorge Road at Athelstone on Saturday.
Mr Wade is also calling for:
AWARENESS campaigns targeted at pedestrians and drivers.
AN education safety campaign for elderly pedestrians.
A SAFETY study of the tramline extension.
"While serious injuries to drivers have dropped by 11 per cent and passengers by 24 per cent, pedestrian serious injuries are up 42 per cent," Mr Wade said. "This should be ringing alarm bells for the Government. Pedestrian safety is one aspect of road safety where our efforts are failing. "Countdown 100 is having a positive impact, but there needs to be a greater focus on pedestrians."
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