As we approach the Festive Season we would like to urge all our drivers to be alert to the dangers of pedestrian inattentivesness. We have focused on the Arrive Alive website on driver distractions such as cellular conversations, texting and driving and also the distractions from passengers.
We however also need to be alert to the dangers presented by the distracted pedestrian. About 35% of fatalities on our roads are pedestrian fatalities. Many of these pedestrians are drunk and many others are simply distracted and not focus on safety.
We would also like to urge pedestrians to be visible and to ensure that they are seen when walking next to the road! Ensure that you have all your senses focused on the sights and sounds of road traffic – and be alert to the dangers of wearing headphones in traffic!!