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Road hazards for disabled, children

Published:Monday | February 2, 2015 | 12:00 AM


The fatal crash involving a wheelchair-mobile man is indeed unfortunate.

The opportunity for much-needed rehabilitation of roadways and utility poles to take place has presented itself again. Much of our infrastructure does not accommodate the disabled or extremely young. For example, many sidewalks do not have an incline to give wheelchair users a chance to traverse safely.

I have seen buses and cars drive dangerously close to such persons using the roadways, forcing them to stop. Also, there are bridges over gullies with railings wide enough for children to fall through or open drains for the same thing to occur.

Importantly, following concerns raised about utility poles being in the middle of sidewalks impeding the movement of the disabled along them, I thought it fit to highlight other concerns in the vicinity, specifically along Hope Road. That long stretch of roadway is poorly lit and is wanting for additional pedestrian crossings.

One sometimes sees children, having been released from school, making desperate attempts at crossing the busy thoroughfare. Because of the nature of the road, vehicles are less likely to give way to crossing pedestrians.

Even if vehicles going in one direction give passage, there are those going in the other direction to contend with. What you see is a set of children, often holding hands, spilling into the streets in an effort to get to the other side.

You can also observe adults running into the open road trying to make use of what they have calculated as a chance. Some of us as adults, usually considerably more careful and capable of judging the distance of oncoming vehicles, have had close calls. Our children may not be as fortunate.


St Andrew