District administration, municipal and traffic police authorities of Larkana should build some Speed Breakers or mark Zebra Crossings near schools in the city
On Friday morning while on my way to office near Government Pilot Higher Secondary School at main VIP Road I saw some students crossing the road speedily to reach the school and suddenly a student was hit by bike. Like many other people, I also stopped to see what happened, and asked the gate keeper of school ‘why didn’t the school administration get speed breaker erected or mark zebra crossing on both sides of the road’. He smiled and replied, ‘sir thousands times we have asked Municipal Committee officials but they don’t pay any attention to our request’.
Today being a citizen of Larkana city I request the district administration, municipal and traffic police authorities of Larkana to build some Speed Breakers/Speed Bumps, erect Traffic Signals or mark Zebra Crossings near schools in the city, especially those who are situated on main roads.
I also request to all the citizens driving the cars, bikes or other vehicles to please reduce the speed while passing near any school. Similarly, the pedestrians should also make sure before crossing the road that there is no vehicle approaching them.
Zebra crossings are marked with black and white stripes on the road and zigzag lines on either side. These markings warn drivers that there may be pedestrians crossing or waiting to cross the road. They also tell drivers that they must give way to pedestrians on the crossing.
In civilized countries the drivers are legally required to stop at a zebra crossing once a pedestrian has moved on to the crossing, When a driver sees a zebra crossing with someone waiting on it, he has to be slowing down and stopping.
According to rules, the pedestrian too should give the traffic plenty of time to see them and to stop before they start to cross. Pedestrian should wait until traffic has stopped from both directions or the road is clear before crossing.
Unfortunately, no civic education is imparted to children at schools. The government should ensure that traffic rules are taught to the students at schools. It’s also essential for parents to educate the kids at home about their safety.