Re­cent in­ci­dents

Weekend Witness - - News -

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.

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