Watch out for pedestrians

2016-06-09 06:00

PEDESTRIANS constitute more than a third of all road fatalities in South Africa, especially at peak times.

Unfortunately, many pedestrians don’t always follow the rules of the road, and the results are often catastrophic.

In January, Minister of Transport Dipuo Peters­ said that up to 35% of all fatalities on the roads during the December 2015 festive period were pedestrians.

“Road safety needs to begin at a young age, and it needs to include education on how to be a safer pedestrian,” the Automobile Association said.

The AA said although it is illegal to walk on national highways (except under certain conditions such as when your car has broken down), enforcement of this law is poor, leading to risks and danger.

Tips to ensure better road safety for motorists:

• pedestrians may be distracted by electronic devices, making them unpredictable — always be on the lookout;

• be careful when driving in areas with schools;

• take care when passing a taxi or a bus as passengers may be alighting; and

• in poor visibility, be especially mindful that pedestrians may be on the road.

Some tips for pedestrians include:

• make yourself as visible as possible;

• don’t cross national highways;

• be aware of your surroundings; and

• don’t drink or use drugs before walking along the road.

The AA urged all road users not to take chances because their actions impact on others. - Supplied.

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