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As Sydney counts down the days until its eagerly awaited new light rail system opens, pedestrians, motorists and cyclists are being warned to pay attention or cop a fine.
Police have confirmed that officers, specifically targeting pedestrians at light rail intersections, have slapped 162 Sydneysiders so far with $76 fines for crossing the tracks in an unsafe way.
Motorists could also be hit with fines costing them hundreds of dollars, as well as demerit points, if they don’t pay attention to new road conditions.
It comes as news.com.au has heard reports of near misses between pedestrians and trams during the $3 billion light rail system’s testing.
During this period, Transport for NSW says it has noticed a “high degree of people” distracted with their phones and unaware of trams approaching them from behind or in front of them.
In some instances, people are not even aware that trams are out and about.
Transport for NSW says it has noticed a ‘high degree of people’ are unaware of trams approaching them. Picture John GraingerSource:News Corp Australia
“Our main concern around pedestrian safety is the issue of distraction, particularly from mobile phones,” Transport for NSW co-ordinator general Marg Prendergast.
“People need to have their heads up, unplugged from headphones so they can hear their surroundings, and looking left and right before crossing. Trams can be quiet and aren’t able to swerve to avoid obstacles, so pedestrians need to be alert and aware.”
The warning comes after a 15-year-old boy suffered minor head injuries when he was struck by a tram at Moore Park in September.
This article first appeared on www.news.com.au
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