Pedestrians are not without Blame

  • 9-11-2015

Most times a pedestrian is killed in an accident many persons as well as the media seem to blame the motorist . We all know that many of our motorists drive recklessly on the roads. However, several times pedestrians, both adults and children alike are very irresponsible in the way they use the road.

Often we see pedestrians choosing to walk in the road rather than use the unobstructed sidewalk and also cross the road anywhere they choose to rather than using the pedestrian crossing.  As far as I can remember that Merl Grove student who was killed as she attempted to cross the road at her school gate about 3 years ago, was not knocked down on the sidewalk, but as she attempted to cross the road. In my view she must have attempted to cross at the wrong time. There was a lot of public outcry against the Government for not implementing a pedestrian crossing and/or an over head crossing at the school gate. 

 

There is also an over head crossing at Wolmers School on  Maurescaux Road in Kingston, but it is seldom used by students and even teachers. This is reflective of the indiscipline in our society. So neither pedestrian crossing nor over head walkways guarantee that pedestrians will be responsible in their use of the road.

 

On numerous occasions I witness pedestrians crossing at traffic lights when clearly the light is on green, yet somehow they expect the motorist to demonstrate more value for their lives than they show for their own. If they cross when the light is on green as well as when it is on red, when do the  motorists drive? Yet when they are knocked down there is such an outcry about motorist driving carelessly.

 

Interestingly, the media in making their report basically only state that someone was killed by a motorist and leave an impression in the mind of viewers that the motorist was wrong, without reporting where the pedestrian was standing or walking when the accident occurred.

 

I can recall about a year ago, there was a report on one of the television stations about a girl who was killed by a car in I think it was in Crawford, St Elizabeth. She had run across the road to sell her plums to a motorist who had stopped. The girl had dashed across the road without looking and was hit by an approaching car. Yet, the news emphasized that the car was speeding. That may be so, but had the girl looked, she would have seen it was not an appropriate time for her to cross. We are all saddened by these tragedies but we need at times to be more objective when these situations arise.

Parents must emphasize to their children how to use the roads but that at times is difficult when some parents are worse.

Motorists need to take more care on the road but many pedestrians are just as culpable in these situations.


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