TOPICS:A pedestrian’s right of way

The man-in-the-street has every right to enjoy the privileges granted by ‘right of way’. And is also entitled to have the final say in this matter. But if he is ignorant regarding this ruling then others in the know can point it out and make it clear.

Herein lies the crux of the problem since it means understanding in full measure its import. But it can be done although it is not enshrined in the constitution. The manner in which this is passed on is important so that no one is left in the dark.

Above all, it means ensuring safety on the roads and respecting the commoners’ usage of its benefits. With this in mind it can be pointed out that there are the white strips of zebra at most junctions. The pedestrians can walk over it without being knocked out by an incoming vehicle. It ensures that no one may willfully or otherwise take advantage if there are people walking on the zebra crossing. Then there is the red signal which indicates that the cars idle their engines and allow a safe crossing for men, women and children. At this point, those disabled or on wheelchairs are escorted across without interfering in the movement of the two-legged bipeds or the four-wheelers. Police officers with face masks are on hand to see that there are no untoward incidences.

Overhead bridges have been constructed at various places to facilitate the smooth flow of pedestrians, so that every person makes a crossing without hindrance, although this requires an effort in climbing up and going down the steps. This is only an irritant and not a burden to bear. But it is worth the trouble because one can have a grandstand view of the stream of vehicles moving underneath and the surrounding areas. Trying to solicit the assistance of the traffic police is praiseworthy and laudable. In this context, it must be remembered that the custodian-of-the-law is there to impart information as to why he is there in the first place.

No one can disturb public peace because this act alone invites censure and criticism from every quarter. Giving in to an impulse can mean trouble and make passers-by turn their head for a closer look. They only see a figure scurrying in the middle of the road with the back bent, arms swinging and legs pumping. This could be laughable if it were not a pitiful, pathetic sight indeed.