Our pedestrians are at particular risks on our roads. A pedestrian crossing is any location where the pedestrian leaves the sidewalk and enters the roadway to cross. We are now at a point in our nation’s history where we need to be more creative in using the available mechanisms we have in place to decrease traffic deaths. One such road safety system is our pedestrian crossing. I am proposing a change in colour of our pedestrian crossing from the predominantly white to a more eye- catching colour. We need to move with the times and as such we should be using fluorescent neon colours. Colours such as blue or green would definitely raise the visibility of our pedestrian crossings and in so doing save lives in the process. There have been too many instances where motorists have been driving along only to suddenly come upon a pedestrian crossing. There is also a need for us to revisit the correct use of pedestrian crossing, it is very clear that too many of our road users are clueless where this is concern.
Historically we have not done a good job at maintaining our physical structures and this fact is borne out in the many faded pedestrian crossings island wide. Road safety should be everyone’s business and as such every effort should be made to reduce deaths on our roads.
Each life is precious and if one life can be saved from implementing any measure to preserve life then it’s worth the investment of state resources as well as the time and effort. We all have a responsibility to work towards reducing road fatalities.