Pedestrians are a vulnerable bunch in Qatar, where a lack of sidewalks and speeding vehicles are common problems. Last year, 80 people, mostly Asian expats, were killed while crossing roads here, and more than 200 were hospitalized with severe injuries.
To raise safety awareness, the Ministry of Interior recently offered these tips for pedestrians:
- Cross only at places where there are crosswalks, pedestrian signals or in front of traffic police;
- Avoid walking too close to the roads;
- Constantly scan the road while crossing, and listen closely for the approach of any vehicles;
- Wait to cross if cars are passing too quickly;
- Avoid running across intersections to prevent falls;
- Wear light-colored or bright or reflective clothing if crossing roads in dark areas, so that drivers can see you more easily; and
- Always hold young children’s hands when crossing the street.
The MOI also urged motorists to reduce their speeds when approaching intersections, crosswalks and roundabouts.
Finally, it advised drivers to be more attentive near hospitals, schools, masjids and residential areas where pedestrians may be walking, and to be careful when reversing their cars.
What advice would you add? Thoughts?