By Brittney Kleyn and staff
The council will install cameras in three locations to see how people use those intersections. (ABC News: Andree Withey)
Illegal jaywalkers will be under video surveillance in Brisbane’s CBD under a new plan to improve pedestrian safety in the wake of recent incidents where people have been injured or killed in traffic accidents at intersections.
The Brisbane City Council (BCC) said it would identify the top 20 danger zones where pedestrian accidents were commonly occurring.
Yesterday, a pedestrian was hit on the corner of Creek and Adelaide streets.
In May, a woman was hit by a bus and killed on the same street, which closed major routes in and out of the CBD for the morning commute.
The BCC is asking commuters to report danger zones and will begin filming at three problem intersections as part of a month-long safety overhaul.
The council said cameras would be set up on Ann and Edward streets, Adelaide and Edward streets, and Elizabeth and Albert streets.
It would not be drawn on whether it would fine pedestrians caught on camera disobeying the rules, but said it was working closely with Queensland police.
“The evidence that we get [from the study], we will be taking to the Queensland police,” Councillor Amanda Cooper said.
She said the cameras would be installed to see how people use these intersections.
“We want to know whether people are taking the risk — we want to know what exactly is going on,” Cr Cooper said.
“Do we need more places for people to cross safely? Are the existing intersections working as they should? Should we have more scramble crossings?
“Those are the sorts of things that we think can make a really big difference.”
Commuters are also being asked to report back to BCC about where they believe the real problem areas are.
The council has committed to rolling out new safety measures in the danger zones that arise from this research.
Ideas that have been flagged to increase pedestrian safety, including reducing the speed limit in the CBD to 30 kilometres per hour.
The BCC is asking commuters to report danger zones in the CBD. (ABC Radio Brisbane: Anna Levy)
Jaywalkers should be fined: RACQ
The RACQ recently called for distracted pedestrians to be fined and spokesman Paul Turner said the motoring body supported the council’s study.
“We’ve seen an increase in incidents between pedestrians and vehicles in the CBD and other busy spots around Brisbane,” Mr Turner said.
“There’s been a change in behaviour whether that’s mobile phone use or people in a hurry — we need more information.
“All of us — and we’re all pedestrians at some stage — need to take responsibility for our actions.”
The Queensland Police Service, which is responsible for issuing fines, had not discussed fining pedestrians as a result of the footage captured.
Assistant Commissioner for Road Policing Mike Keating said the study was much needed research to make Brisbane roads safer.
“This challenge is right across the state — we’ve seen over the last 11 years 332 pedestrians have died on our roads — that’s just a terrible figure,” Assistant Commissioner Keating said.
“Anything has to be tried — what the eventual outcome is an issue that we’ll have to decide on in the future.
“The most easy thing that we can do is remember the road rules we were taught as a child and comply with those and we won’t have to do anything other than that.”
But Opposition councillor Jared Cassidy said it feared the research was redundant.
Cr Cassidy said the money should be invested in giving pedestrians and cyclists priority throughout the CBD.
“We already have the facts that our CBD is full of pedestrians,” Cr Cassidy said.
“We have relatively few cars that traverse the CBD on a daily basis and yet they’re given absolute priority.”