The National Road Safety Commission (NRSC) has warned that pedestrians who fail to use footbridges would either be jailed or fined.
The Commission has stated that the increasing jaywalking is worrying and needs to be nipped in the bud before it gets out of hand as Assistant Planning Officer of the commission, Mr Victor Bilson said from May 15 the commission would start serious enforcement of the law.
“If you don’t go to jail, you will be fined and your face will be in the national dailies,” he warned pedestrians who have refused to use the footbridge. It is unheard of that people wait for five to 10 minutes to battle six lanes of speeding vehicles compared to using less than five minutes to cross the same distance on the bridge. Which one is reasonable? What we are trying to do is not to prosecute for fun but to educate and save human lives. Pedestrian knockdown alone is over 40 per cent of the country’s accident figures," he maintained.
Section 154(3) of the regulation states that a pedestrian who fails to use a footbridge or an underpass where one is provided commits an offence.