Pedestrian Offences

‘Jaywalking’

There is no specific offence of jaywalking but under the Road Traffic Act 1971 and the Australian Road Rules a number of offences exist in relation to walking without regard to other road users or without regard to safety.

Pedestrian offences

  • Under s 87 of the Road Traffic Act 1961 (SA) it is an offence to walk without reasonable regard for other road users.
  • Under the rules 230 and 234 of the Australian Road Rules it is an offence for a pedestrian to cross a road diagonally, unless at an intersection where this is allowed.
  • It is an offence under regulation 23A of the Road Traffic (Road Rules -- Ancillary and Miscellaneous Provisions) Regulations 1999 (SA) (and rule 234 of the Australian Road Rules) to cross to or from an area of road within 20 metres of a  tram stop other than at a pedestrian crossing.
  • It is an offence to cross a road within 20 metres of a pedestrian crossing at a place other than the pedestrian crossing (rule 234 of the Australian Road Rules).
  • Rule 230 states that a pedestrian must cross a road by the shortest safest route and under rule 232 they can only cross when the pedestrian lights are green.

Penalties

The maximum penalty for these offences is $2500 - for the expiation fee see the penalty summary .
Pedestrian Offences  :  Last Revised: Fri Jul 5th 2013
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