SS2 Civic Education Third Term: Who is a Pedestrian? – Duties of Pedestrians

Who is a Pedestrian?
A pedestrian is someone who travels on foot, not using a vehicle. They can include individuals walking for exercise, leisure or transportation. As pedestrians, we have a crucial role in maintaining safety on the roads, whether walking to school, the park, or just around our neighbourhood.

Responsibilities of Pedestrians
1. Traffic Signs – Pedestrians are expected to obey all road signs, and traffic signals and cross only on designated crosswalks.
2. Visibility – To avoid accidents or colliding with other pedestrians, we need to wear reflective clothing when walking at night or in areas with low-light conditions.
3. Avoid Distractions – Avoid the use of mobile phones or other electronic devices that can distract you while walking on the streets.
4. Stay Away from Alcohol – Alcohol intoxicates and when it does we lose our sense of reasoning and direction. Hence, one must stay off the road when under its influence.
5. Follow the Number Rule – Always look left, right and left again before crossing the road. This will ensure that you do not run into a moving vehicle.
6. Be Alert – We must always pay attention to our surroundings. This enables us to be aware of incoming vehicles and other pedestrians.
7. Supervise Children – Teach children about road safety and keep them safe near highways.
8. Respect Other Road Users – Be aware of cyclists, especially on shared paths, and provide them ample room.
9. Community Involvement – As patriotic pedestrians, ensure you report any road hazard to the appropriate authorities.

Causes of Road Accidents
Road accidents can be caused by a variety of factors, often involving a combination of human error, environmental conditions, and mechanical issues. Listed below are some of the most prevalent causes:

A. Human Factors
a. Engaging in distracting activities such as eating, using mobile phones or talking while driving.
b. Overspeeding or exceeding the speed limit while driving.
c. Driving under the influence of drugs or alcohol.
d. Disobeying the traffic signs and signals such as running a red light.

B. Environmental Factors
a. Adverse weather conditions can cause traction and decrease visibility.
b. Bad roads caused by potholes or uneven surfaces.
c. Objects left carelessly on the road.

C. Mechanical Factors
a. Vehicle issues like brake failures, punctured tyres, etc.
b. Faulty or defective components of a vehicle

D. Other Factors
a. Lack of street lights which can reduce the visibility of motorists and even pedestrians.
b. Poorly constructed or maintained roads and intersections.

Ways of Reducing the Risks of Road Accidents
1. There should be proper and regular sensitization programs for motorists and pedestrians to emphasize the importance of safe driving practices.
2. Strict policies should be implemented to curb the violation of traffic laws.
3. The roads should be properly designed, constructed and maintained regularly.
4. Technologies such as surveillance cameras should be installed in strategic areas to track road safety violators.

In conclusion, promoting pedestrian safety necessitates a collaborative effort. By learning and adhering to these standards, pedestrians can dramatically lower their chance of an accident. Increased awareness, obeying traffic signals, and using designated paths are all necessary for a safe and enjoyable ride. Remember that everyone must establish a safe atmosphere on the roadways.

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SS2 Civic Education Third Term: Duties of Pedestrians

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