THIS week, The Witness reported that three people were left injured after they were involved in pedestrian-related accidents.
In the first accident on Monday, a 20-year-old man was hit by a car on Commercial Road. He suffered numerous injuries and was in a serious condition. A culture of impunity, distractive activities and lawlessness are to blame for the spike in
In the second accident on Tuesday, two people were injured when they were hit by a car in Allandale.
The pair had been walking along Manchester Road when the accident happened. One of the pedestrians, who was found lying in the middle of the road, received serious injuries, while the other suffered moderate injuries.
In March, a minibus ploughed into four pupils in Dumisani Makhaye Drive in Durban — killing three and seriously injuring another.
The three pupils, aged between 13 and 14 years, had been on their way to school when the taxi skidded off the road and ran into them. deaths on the roads, say experts. There was a sharp increase in the deaths of the elderly from 1,3% in 2017 to 8,4% in 2018. IN response to the spike in pedestrian deaths on the country’s highways, the South African National Roads Agency Limited (Sanral) built fences along vulnerable sections of the N3 and N2.
Fencing was also erected between Chota Motala Bridge and Chatterton Road on the N3 Pietermaritzburg as well as on the N3 at Cliffdale and a two-kilometre section of the N2 at KwaMashu.
The Department of Transport in the province admitted that the disregarding of traffic laws was behind the spike in the recent pedestrianrelated crashes.
“Some pedestrians and motorists, be it buses or taxis, are continuing to disregard the traffic laws,” said the department’s spokesperson Mluleki Mntungwa.
Mntungwa said most pedestrians were not treating road safety as a collective responsibility, which was making the situation worse.
“There is a lot of power that lies with pedestrians,” he said. — WWR.
Over the last decade (2008 – 2017) 48 350 pedestrians died on the country’s roads.