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Concerning Pedestrian Attitude On Our Roads

We are starting off with this new column in our Sun Wheels where I hope to talk about issues with motoring/motorists and pedestrians in general in Fiji. The views expressed
14 Sep 2015 01:33
Concerning Pedestrian Attitude On Our Roads
Take care when crossing with children.

We are starting off with this new column in our Sun Wheels where I hope to talk about issues with motoring/motorists and pedestrians in general in Fiji.

The views expressed are those based on my personal experience as a driver.

This week I wanted to talk about pedestrian attitude on roads.

No offence to anyone, but many a times when a driver hits a pedestrian on the road, automatically it is thought the driver’s fault.

Agreed, sometimes it may indeed be the driver who may be at fault due to lack of care.

But then there is also the other side of the coin – the pedestrian.

What can a driver do, who despite driving at 30 km having slowed down to avoid pot holes or uneven road, has someone run across the road just a few metres ahead.

Even 30km speed will not be sufficient to stop the accident bound to happen. Just a second of distraction on the driver’s behalf and the pedestrian would be hit.

What about at junctions with red lights then? If you are a driver, you would naturally know that your attention is going to be on the lights ensuring it hasn’t turned red.

But then what happens when someone at the junction which you are about to enter into decides to cross? How do you avoid that?

Understandable you are going at speed below 50km but even that may not be possible to stop the vehicle in time.

So what should be done? Do vehicles need to stop to give way to pedestrians or do pedestrians need to be more careful when crossing.

As a personal experience, when driving down Gaji Road in Samabula, almost daily I come across children especially running across the road.

What concerns me the most is that they are not accompanied by their parents or even at times, you have the parents on the other end who have already crossed and are urging the children to do so.

This is without noting that there is oncoming vehicle. Children are naïve and will naturally run across without looking to their left and/or right.

This spells nothing but disaster.

We as a community have the responsibility to educate our children with the rights and wrongs if we are to protect them. We need to set examples for them to follow.

It is not wise to depend on the driver paying 100 per cent attention when driving.

As pedestrians, we all have the responsibility to ensure drivers are not put in a difficult situation.

SOME ADVICE:

– Cross properly – do not run. If a child, make sure you hold their hands and guide them across the road in the proper manner. Remember it is better to be late than never.
– Think from the driver perspective before crossing.

Feedback:  rachnal@fijisun.com.fj

 



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