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Pedestrian Offences


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.


See Expiable Offences, Codes and Fees (PD320A) on the SAPOL website

Pedestrian Offences  :  Last Revised: Thu Jun 29th 2017
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