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More than 1500 pedestrians were caught breaking road rules last year, sparking a warning for walkers and drivers to pay extra attention during the looming festival season.

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Latest police figures show pedestrian offences jumped from 1385 in 2018 to 1578 in 2020 – a 14 per cent increase – that resulted in 924 cautions and 654 fines worth $75,740.

According to the figures obtained by RAA, the most common pedestrian offences last year were running a red light (804), staying on the road longer than necessary (154) and obstructing the path of a driver or other pedestrian (144)

RAA road safety spokesman Matt Vertudaches said pedestrians were particularly vulnerable in a collision with a vehicle.

He said the latest figures showed 69 pedestrians were killed, 294 suffered serious injury and another 1440 required some medical treatment after being hit by a vehicle between 2015 and 2019.

“Police figures also show almost one in five of these pedestrian casualties occurred in the Adelaide CBD during this period,” Vertudaches said.

“Among the worst locations were the Hindley and Hutt street entertainment strips, the northern end of King William Street, outside the Adelaide Railway station and the public transport bus corridor of Currie and Grenfell streets.’’

Vertudaches said many of the offences were detected between 10pm Saturday night and 1am Sunday morning.’’

He also warned road users of the dangers of distraction caused by electronic devices, including mobiles phones, and the prevalence of e-scooter riders.

“This is particularly important to remember during the upcoming festivities, as many more people are out and about and attending events, which often involve alcohol,” he said.

“E-scooter riders need to remember they must wear helmets and give way to pedestrians, and are restricted to footpaths while also being restricted to the same alcohol limits as motorists.”

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