Pedestrians ‘dice with death’ on city’s roads
Msunduzi Municipality spokesperson Thobeka Mafumbatha said pedestrian-related accidents remain a big issue for authorities in the city. “It is happening throughout the city,” she said.
Mafumbatha said although pedestrians were at risk because they shared road space with motorists, the risk was exacerbated by people crossing roads unsafely. “Pedestrians just cross the road willy nilly. They have no regard for the rules. They are not concerned about safety for themselves and other road users.”
“Pedestrians dice with death as they weave and run between busy lanes, on East Street, Commercial Road and West Street, which makes this a high fatality location for pedestrians. What makes it even more problematic is that it is happening within 50 metres of a much safer pedestrian crossing at the traffic light,” Mafumbatha pointed out.
She said Pietermaritzburg had places that had been identified as “problem areas”, where dangerous crossings were common, and remedial measures had been taken by building pavements dedicated to pedestrians and cyclists like on Moses Mabhida Road. • nokuthula.khany[email protected]dia24.com