Road Safety Tips for All Times
The number of young lives cut short on our killer roads continue to surge at a staggering rate. According to the statistics compiled by the Royal Malaysian Police, the highest rate of road casualties and mishaps involve the young age group, among those aged between 16 and 25. The high fatality rate indicates that the awareness and tenets of road safety are still lacking among the young road users. The article intends to enlighten our school students with some road safety tips for pedestrians and bicyclists considering that walking and cycling are our major modes of transport to school. Young pedestrians and bicyclists are especially vulnerable on the roads. As pedestrians, we have the responsibility to use the pedestrian crossings such as zebra crossings as well as other facilities installed such as overhead bridges to cross the roads. Zebra crossings and overhead bridges are normally found at intersections, or other points on busy roads that would otherwise be too unsafe to cross without assistance due to vehicle numbers, speed or road widths. Some zebra crossings are combined with other safety features such as traffic lights, with pedestrian pushbuttons. A press on the button will trigger a change in the traffic lights colour from green to red and it is thus safe for the pedestrians to cross. With all these safety features available, pedestrians will still need to be constantly on the lookout. Watch out for inattentive drivers and look to our left and right to make sure that all vehicles have slowed down and come to a standstill before walking across the pedestrian crossings. Furthermore, if circumstance requires that we walk on the roads in the dark, try to stay visible. It is helpful to walk against the traffic flow so that we can be easily noticed by the drivers who are coming from the opposite direction as they are facing us. To enhance the visibility of the drivers, pedestrians are also often encouraged to dress in colourful...
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