Pedes­tri­ans ‘dice with death’ on city’s roads

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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]­

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