BAR­RI­ERS FROM VE­HI­CLES NEEDED

Weekend Witness - - News -

SOUTH Africans against Drunk Driv­ing (SADD) founder and road safety ex­pert, Caro Smit, said more em­pha­sis was put on the safety of mo­torists rather than pedes­tri­ans.

Smit said there was a need to sep­a­rate pedes­tri­ans from ve­hi­cles on the roads.

“In the Safe Sys­tems ap­proach we need pedes­tri­ans and other vul­ner­a­ble road users sep­a­rated by bar­ri­ers from ve­hi­cles.”

Smit said while there were pave­ments, street ven­dors took up so much space and pedes­tri­ans were pushed into the road.

“In some cases, the pave­ments are dam­aged or have holes in them and pedes­tri­ans are forced to use the road.”

She said a “lack of vis­i­bil­ity” also put pedes­tri­ans at risk. “A lot of the pedes­tri­ans aren’t very vis­i­ble. They [pedes­tri­ans] are not seen eas­ily and some of them walk the roads in­tox­i­cated and their pe­riph­eral vi­sion is im­paired. Oth­ers cross high­ways which is il­le­gal.” — WWR.

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