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Pedestrian road rules & penalties

Pedestrians share the roads with drivers and cyclists, and must obey the road rules. As vulnerable road users, extra care is needed for pedestrian safety - from both pedestrians and other road users.

The information available on our website provides a simple interpretation of the law and is not intended to constitute legal advice. Full details of traffic offences and penalties are contained in the Road Traffic Code 2000.

Information for Drivers

Pedestrian crossings are marked by white or yellow stripes on the road and are usually signed.

Drivers should give way to pedestrians:

  • when turning;
  • when making a U-turn;
  • at all intersections and stop signs;
  • slip lane with a 'stop' sign or ‘stop’ line.
OffencePenaltyDemerits
Failing to give way to a pedestrian at a designated crossing$3003-4
Failing to give way to a pedestrian at an intersection$3003
Failing to give way to a pedestrian when entering a road$2003
Failing to give way to a pedestrian when exiting a road$3003

Information for Pedestrians

Pedestrians must obey any traffic and pedestrian signals that apply to them.

Pedestrians using crossings at traffic lights must obey the signals. If a traffic control signal shows a steady or flashing red pedestrian light, and you have not already started to cross, then you must not do so until the pedestrian light changes to green.

 
OffencePenaltyDemerits
Crossing on a red light at an intersection (jay-walking)$50NA

Acknowledgement of Country

The Government of Western Australia acknowledges the traditional custodians throughout Western Australia and their continuing connection to the land, waters and community.
We pay our respects to all members of the Aboriginal communities and their cultures; and to Elders both past and present.

The Road Safety Commission is a portfolio within WA Police Force. It reports to the Minister for Road Safety, Hon. Michelle Roberts MLA.