Watch out for pedes­tri­ans!

The Witness - Wheels - - MOTORING -

PEDES­TRI­ANS con­sti­tute more than a third of all road fa­tal­i­ties in SA, 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; • al­ways be aware of your sur­round­ings; • don’t drink or use drugs be­fore walk­ing on the road.

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

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