Let’s take a close look at this picture and see what it might be telling us.
This from an article that appeared in TheStar yesterday of which you can see the full text and photos at http://goo.gl/OpNxxI. Healined by the above photo it opens as follows.
MOTORISTS, be warned! Don’t be surprised if you are slapped with a RM300 fine the next time you fail to stop at a pedestrian crossing which is being used.
The authorities are coming down hard after unsuccessful attempts thus far to educate them through the Penang Island City Council’s (MBPP) ‘Pedestrian is King’ campaign which was launched on Nov 23 last year under a five-year project.
Councillor Muhammad Bakhtiar Wan Chik, who oversees the campaign, said it was meant to make the island city a pedestrian’s heaven.
However, he said it was not achieving its objective.“We are trying our best to educate the public through various ways but we found out that stricter enforcement was needed to make the motorists more aware of our efforts,” he told reporters during the launch of a zebra crossing in Chulia Street, George Town, on Thursday.
It certainly does no great harm to have a policeman right there as you can see from the above.
But there are other cheaper ways as well, including having road markings indicating a traffic free zone to ensure that all road users stop a full meter or so short of the pedestrian crossing.
* Note for instance that the tan car on the left is cheating. It is not an easy thing for all of us to change our habits. We need a bit of help from the community for that. It’s called public policy. Velvet glove (and iron fist!))
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