Pedestrians knocked down at crossings are usually the fault of the drivers of motor vehicles.

Drivers must always exercise reasonable care under the circumstances. Failure to do so is considered negligent. Despite the provision of more safe crossing points, accidents continue to occur. Drivers are expected to be aware of pedestrian crossing points and, depending on the type of crossing, ensure they can anticipate the need to slow down or stop or in extreme cases carry out an emergency stop.
Drivers are given adequate warning on the approach to a crossing by zigzag lines.
With the exception of Zebra crossings, Toucan, Puffin, Pelican and Traffic Light crossings are push button operated and simple awareness of nearby pedestrians should be enough to ensure drivers approach those crossings safely.

Some of the reasons why motorists knock pedestrians down are:

  • Driving too fast.
  • Failing to heed signed warnings of an approaching crossing.
  • Lack of awareness of nearby pedestrians.
  • Tuning the radio on approach to the crossing.
  • Talking on a mobile phone.

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