NEWS Weekend Witness 15 May 25, 2019 NOKUTHULA KHANYILE YOU’RE in your car driving through Pietermaritzburg on an open stretch of road and a pedestrian dashes across the road in front of you, making you slam on the brakes. Or you’re waiting to go through a robot and long after the traffic light is red, pedestrians carry on walking in front of the traffic that has right of way. Or you’re driving at night, and all of a sudden there’s a drunk man lurching around in the road in front of your car, oblivious to the danger he’s in. Joggers take note Safety during a run: List by Arrive Alive Safety of pedestrians: List by Arrive Alive pedestrian • Always stay alert and aware of what’s going on around you. The more aware you are, the less vulnerable you are. • Think about possible escape routes in case of a confrontation. • Run clear of parked cars, bushes and dark areas. • Be extra vigilant at junctions with alleyways where traffic may emerge. • Run across the street at crosswalks and always pay attention to traffic lights. • Drivers have a bad habit of not looking for pedestrians. Be sure to make eye contact before crossing in front of a car. Never assume you have been seen! • Be considerate of other road and pavement users. Do not force pedestrians into the road and do not step off the pavement without checking behind you — cyclists don’t make noise. • Stay on the sidewalk and crosswalks. Avoid walking in traffic where there are no sidewalks or crosswalks. If you have to walk on a road that does not have sidewalks, walk facing traffic. • Cross at intersections. Most people are hit by cars when they cross the road at places other than intersections. • Stop at the curb and look right, left and right again for traffic. Stopping at the curb signals drivers that you intend to cross. Cross in marked crosswalks and obey the signal. • Drivers need to see you to avoid you. Make sure you are seen. Stay out of the driver’s blind spot, make eye contact with drivers when crossing busy streets and wear bright colours or reflective clothing if you are walking near traffic at night. PRINTED AND DISTRIBUTED BY PRESSREADER PressReader.com +1 604 278 4604 ORIGI NAL COPY . ORIGI NAL COPY . ORIGI NAL COPY . ORIGI NAL COPY . ORIGI NAL COPY . ORIGI NAL COPY COPYRIGHT AND PROTECTED BY APPLICABLE LAW
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