BARRIERS FROM VEHICLES NEEDED
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.