Ro­ad sa­fe­ty high­lig­hts

George Herald - Southern Cape Property Guide & Auto Dealer - - Autodealer -

In clas­si­cal ti­mes, Ro­mans had one way streets, par­king laws, cros­sing pla­ces (step­ping sto­nes), pa­vements and pos­si­bly roun­da­bouts. T­he­re are oc­ca­si­o­nal re­fe­ren­ces to ac­ci­dents.

In the 1800s ro­ad ac­ci­dents had al­re­a­dy been a pro­blem, es­pe­ci­al­ly in the fast-gro­wing ur­ban a­re­as of B­ri­tain. In 1875 t­he­re we­re 1 589 fa­ta­li­ties, mos­t­ly in­vol­ving a horse con­vey­an­ce of so­me kind. This was ac­tu­al­ly mo­re than in 1910 ac­cor­ding to the An­nu­al Ro­ad Ac­ci­dent S­ta­tis­ti­cs.

The le­gis­la­ti­on of the ti­me does con­tain me­a­su­res on the pro­per use of the highway:

The Highway Act of 1835 pro­hi­bi­ted ri­ding on a foot­path and has re­gu­la­ti­ons on the con­t­rol and dri­ving of carts and car­ria­ges, in­clu­ding a dan­ge­rous dri­ving and ri­ding of­fen­ce.

D­rin­king whi­le in char­ge of a car­ria­ge, horse or catt­le was an of­fen­ce un­der the Li­cen­sing Act of 1872.

The Lo­co­mo­ti­ve (Red Flag) Act of 1865 al­lo­wed for a speed li­mit of 2,4km in o­pen coun­try and 6,4km in towns.

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