I would not be surprised if I read on the news anytime soon that a TPJC student is knocked down while going to their institution early morning. These students have an issue of coming to their JC earlier than their reporting time and will end up DASHING across the streets irregardless of the impending vehicles movements when they hear the bell or they saw the shutters start to close.
While I normally travel across their institution every morning to go to my workplace in the safety limit (around 50 km/h by the way, which set me to think, kinda slow with that speed, perhaps 60 is more appropriate ?), I have seen several horns blasting from other vehicles due to their reckless behavior in running across the road in a bid to enter the school gates before their shutters are dropped down.
And a few traffic lights down the road, you will see some pedestrians thinking they are ‘kings’ on crossings, even though with green man blinking and count down meter registering 4…3…, they still drag their feet as slow as a tortoise.
It is happening everyday. If a driver is caught driving holding a mobile is an offence, what about pedestrian who are doing SMSing and at the same time dragging their feet on the crossing ?
Jaywalkers and pedestrian traffic violators should not entitled to use the road in whatever way they desire. But such careless attitudes to road safety is not something law enforcement can change overnight. Fines and enforcement are but one avenue.
In the end, education has a role, and schools, parents and the media should also be obligated to inculcate the right safety (or rather common sense) mindsets at an early age.