Pupil (6) knocked by police vehicle

2018-04-26 06:00

TO AVOID CRASHES ARRIVE ALIVE OFFERED THE FOLLOWING TIPS TO PEDESTRIANS:

• Always obey road signs and traffic lights (robots).

• Wear lightly coloured and high visibility, reflective clothing.

• Do not walk on the road, but rather on the pavement. If there is no pavement, walk as near to the edge as possible, facing the oncoming traffic.

• Avoiding roads at all times when intoxicated.

• When crossing the road and there is a pedestrian bridge, use it, even if it means walking further.

• Never cross the road without looking both ways, and check that there is no traffic before crossing the road.

• Never assume that you have been seen — many disturbances might attract the attention of the motorist, including a low sun in the early morning or late afternoon.

• Watch out — make eye contact to be sure they see you.

• Do not walk and stop halfway across the road — remain beside the road until both lanes are clear for you to cross safely.

• Pedestrians can be very hard to see — especially in bad weather or at night — Remain alert and avoid distractions.

• Do not speed near schools, informal settlements and residential areas — be prepared to slow down.

• Do not assume that you have been seen or that pedestrians will act predictably. They may be physically or mentally impaired — or drunk.

• Be on the lookout for small children and elderly pedestrians.

• Avoid overtaking vehicles in the vicinity of informal settlements, schools and residential areas and especially in hazardous driving conditions such as heavy rain or night driving.

• If visibility is bad, slow down — avoid driving when your vision is impaired either by strong rain or the blinding headlights of approaching vehicles, or a low sun shining in your eyes.

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