Lagos – Pedestrians on Monday urged the Lagos State Government (LASG) to strengthen its enforcement on the adherence of motorists to `pedestrian crossings’ or `zebra crossings’, in busy areas of the Lagos metropolis.
The pedestrians made the plea in interviews in Lagos.
They advised the state government to come up with stiff penalties for motorists that failed to observe the road signs.
According to the pedestrians, motorists must be enlightened regularly on the benefits of adhering to the signs.
A sportsman, Toheeb Ariyo, said that most motorists plying the National Stadium road always violated the law.
“I use to think that most of these drivers undergo training at the Driver’s institutes before being licenced, but their attitude to zebra crossing signs have showed their level of ignorance.
“At the stadium here, drivers flagrantly violate the sign and zoom off to beat the traffic lights, “ Ariyo said.
Another sportman, Segun Abioye, said that most of the drivers were not well educated about the signs.
“Only a few of them observe the signs and even the few are not usually as patient as they ought to be,” Abioye said.
A special athlete, Ugochukwu Emmanuel, lamented the negligence of motorists at zebra crossings.
“Even when these drivers are aware of our challenges, they still find it difficult to wait a minute or two for us to cross the roads.
“It will be good if the government revives its enforcement of the signs,” Emmanuel said.
Mrs Aduke Rahmon, a commuter at the Falomo area of Lagos, said that many drivers deliberately failed to observe the signs because they were in a hurry.
A self-employed, Mr Remi Olaleye, said that the neglect of the signs by motorists had resulted into a lot of casualties.
“Government has neglected enforcement of the signs and many people have been injured, including school pupils. Government should begin to compel motorists to comply,” Olaleye said.
Another commuter, Mr Gabriel Ogunwande said,“ if you don’t look well before you cross at zebra crossings, you could just be hit or even crushed by fast-moving vehicles.’’
Motorists are expected to stop for pedestrians to cross the road whenever they step on the zebra crossing signs, but many pedestrians have noted a lax in its enforcement, in recent times. (NAN)