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Motorist’s contribution to pedestrian safety

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-Drive as if every child on the road were you own-

You dread to answer the phone, only to hear that your child walking or even driving on a bike has been in an accident and is currently being treated for a broken leg or any other injury obtained. Pedestrian injuries by motorists increase every year and have recently become a real concern in South-Africa. As a mom your child is your main priority but travelling to school by foot of by bike puts them in a position to be a victim of a fatal accident. We from Women-Torque are presenting tips to your readers, followers and supporters what they as driver’s can do to contribute to pedestrian safety. Whether you use your feet, two of four wheels our aim as road users are the same -safety.  Urban areas and road junctions are the main locations where pedestrian accidents happen where almost a quarter injured badly are children.

What you can do as a driver:

Don’t drive under the influence:
All drivers know that getting behind the wheel after consuming alcohol is a serious offence and lead to catastrophic situations. On average about fifteen percent of pedestrians who were fatally struck where done so by drivers with an alcohol intake above a 0.08 reading. Consumption of alcohol effects your cognitive skills. Drinking effects these skills and leads to:
-Causes you to have a slow reaction time
-causes you to have an absence of coordination
-Diminishes your concentration
-Decrease’s your vision
-Hinders your judgement

Live by the speed limit:
Basic law of science say that the faster you drive the harder the impact will be. Statistics show that driving at a speed of about 27 km/h lead to ten present of pedestrian injuries while driving at a speed of about 77 km/h leads to ninety percent of pedestrian injuries. So it is advisable to drive according to the speed limits so that (touch wood) you ever do you will be proved innocent.

Heads up on the road ahead at all times:
Drivers are predominantly distracted by their mobile cell phones, but the other seventy six percent of other distractions when driving where in-car activity. Activities like doing your make-up and conversing with passengers are main sources of lost focus while driving.

Be vigilant at all times:
as a driver you have the responsibility for other fellow citizens on our South-African roads. Be extra cautious in bad weather conditions like rain, as it is harder to spot pedestrians. When you are backing up out of your driveway and be alert when you do. Pedestrians may appear at the back of your vehicle unexpectedly without you knowing.

Pedestrian crossing:
reduce your speed so that you may stop at a pedestrian crossing always. Do not overtake other vehicles that have stopped at a pedestrian crossing for pedestrians.

“A little care makes accidents rare” we motivate our audience to be cautious when driving. Accidents happen to any and everybody, some leave unharmed and some don’t. We ask our audience to follow the rules of the road to minimize the high number of accidences in South-Africa. Most modern vehicles come equipped with rear-cross traffic alert and that helps prevent these accidents.

Written by: Ashley Roos