Street beggars a concern

2015-11-24 06:00

AS a motorist in our fair city, I am very concerned about the street beggars. They stand at intersections where traffic is very busy and at times the women beggars even have small babies strapped on their backs.

They do not move onto the pavement when the traffic lights are in the motorists’ favour, but remain standing on a white line while cars and trucks zoom past them.

Just a slight loss of concentration on a motorist’s part or even on the beggars’ part will result in a horrific accident resulting in death or the loss of limb.

The Road Traffic Act states that no person may occupy a position on a public road where life or limb is endangered either to themselves or to a motorist, so what is the Traffic Department doing about it?

Bylaws exempt newspaper vendors who are selling papers but even they should move over to a pavement when traffic is permitted to cross the intersection.

Flower sellers, dark glasses sellers and all other sellers are putting their lives in danger, as well as the life of some poor motorist who will have the misfortune of knocking one of them down.

Traffic officers must remove those rose-tinted glasses and act now.


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