Thursday 20 September, 2018

Pedestrians account for 64% of road deaths thus far in 2018

The Police Service says it is concerned that it has recorded an alarming increase in road deaths involving pedestrians for the year thus far.

In a statement, the TTPS quoted information from its Traffic and Highway Patrol Branch Records and Statistics Unit, which reports that nine out of the fourteen road deaths for 2018 comprise pedestrians, accounting for 64% of the total road fatalities for the year.

This is compared to the three pedestrian fatalities accounting for 21% for the corresponding period in 2017.

As such, the TTPS says it continues to urge all road users to exercise extreme care when using the roadways.

“Pedestrians are advised that they should only cross at crosswalks or where walkovers are available. In areas where these are not available, pedestrians should only attempt to cross a roadway when it is clear or when vehicles have come to a complete stop to allow them to cross.”

 Motorists are also advised to reduce their speed when driving around pedestrians, to increase their ability to safely bring the vehicle to a complete stop to avoid a collision.

The TTPS says this will prevent serious damage if a pedestrian is hit by a vehicle.

“In the event of a collision, this simple practice would decrease the impact energy to the pedestrian should a vehicle come into contact with them and correspondingly increase the likelihood of the pedestrian surviving the collision.”

 

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