Deadly road user trend triggers concern for RSU
Officials from the Road Safety Unit (RSU) say they are becoming increasingly concerned over a developing trend that they are seeing among some road users who are are placing the responsibility of safety in the traffic space only on persons who operate motor vehicles.
“We recognise that many persons mistakenly place the responsibility of safety in the traffic space on persons who operate motor vehicles,” said Director of the RSU, Kenute Hare.
“This should not be. Pedestrians and other vulnerable road users, such as the elderly and children, should operate in such a way that motorists are able to see them easily as they go about on the roads,” Hare said.
He made the comment while pointing out that vulnerable road users account for a worrying 58 percent of the 267 persons who have been killed in 234 fatal motor vehicle crashes since the start of the year.
According to the RSU, vulnerable road users comprise pedestrians, pedal cyclists, motorcyclists and pillion passengers.
Hare said as a result he was again urging motorists, as well as other road users to look out for pedestrians and other vulnerable road users in the road environment.
In its weekly crash report, the RSU said the casualties consist of 58 pedestrians, 20 pedal cyclists, 63 motorcyclists, 14 pillion passengers, eight passengers of public passenger vehicles, 38 private motor car passengers, six commercial motor car passengers, seven public passenger vehicle drivers, 47 private motor car drivers, five commercial motor car drivers and one person who falls under the category ‘other’ road users.
The Unit is also urging motorists/drivers to look out for cyclists and pedestrians who may be obscured by other vehicles while they are on the roads.
The RSU is reporting that fatal crashes have decreased by three per cent while fatalities have increased by three per cent when compared to the similar period in 2017.
In the meantime, the Unit is projecting that fatalities for 2018 will increase by eight per cent when compared with 2017. Child fatalities are projected to increase by eleven per cent. At the same time pedestrian fatalities for 2018 are projected to decrease by nine per cent and fatalities among motorcyclists by 11 per cent.