Ever since the special adviser of the Prime Minister, Mr Ben Buntipilly announced that they are working on the necessary legal framework to increase security on our roads by especially targeting pedestrians, I heard several persons actively commenting this topic. Several questions are being raised while waiting for more official details to be known:
- As far as I remember, the security adviser specifically mentioned the excessive use of earphones and mobile phones by pedestrians and the potential danger that this can cause when walking on the streets.
- While it might be probable that only some regions are concerned with these ‘laws’, will there be signs warning the pedestrians?
- How many accidents have been caused because of the use of mobile phones by pedestrians. Is there any stats officially available?
- What will be the penalty and how severe will the sanctions be?
While I agree having personally come across people doing stupid things like carelessly crossing the roads while busy talking on their mobile phones, I am eager to know how they will cater for, manage and enforce these soon-to-be infractions to our law. I’m not totally against the introduction of such laws but how fair will they be?
Some additional points that I would like to add to my existing post :
- Ask yourself the question :
Why do some people NEED to walk on streets in the capital and other towns? What if there were no hawkers occupying the whole space on the streets? But instead, we are witnessing a “bras de fer” between the government and the municipality of Port Louis. Again dirty politics!
- How to prevent people from walking on streets?
There’s a simple solution to that problem and it is surprising to see that this is not implemented all round the high risks areas. The installation of the
iron structureshand rails (“main courante”) along the pavements will ensure that pedestrians walk along those pavements.
- Before enforcing the forthcoming laws, the government should also cater for “mobile booths” so that people can actually stop and talk in a pre-defined corner! *stupid*!
To end with this post update, the population needs a proper education. Not sanctions.
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I’m quite pessimist about this when I think about how existing laws are not properly enforced in real life. I have previously talked about these in a previous post here. Additionally in today’s context, I’m hereby talking about the use of mobile while driving or other more dangerous road users like the electric scooters and the fact that they do not need any helmet protection. And when I think that there are laws forbidding the use of bluetooth devices too while the latest models of vehicles imported have built-in bluetooth options. What an irony!
On the other hand, I find this announcement pretty lame too, considering the latest advances in technology and in the mobility world. Leading companies like Samsung, Apple and Google are working on innovative gadgets like wearable smart-watches and glasses, thus bringing communication to a totally different level.
For now, let’s wait and see…
What are your views?