A number of citizens have called for the launch of a campaign to create awareness among pedestrians on how to safely cross streets and demanded action be taken against jaywalkers, local Arabic daily Arrayah reported.
They said jaywalking is common on a number of streets and main roads, most notably Abu Samra Road, Industrial Road, North Road and the Seventh Ring Road, as many pedestrians dangerously end up in front of vehicles travelling at high speed.
An Arrayah photographer spotted a number of pedestrians climbing over the fence, crossing the road from the Industrial Roundabout to the zoo traffic lights, despite a pedestrian tunnel they could use.
The pedestrian violations come under three categories. The first is related to walking on the road edge, or on cycling tracks, and for not walking on the farthest edge of the road opposite to the direction of traffic, with a QR100 fine. The second is the violation or failure to exercise caution when crossing the road, with a QR200 fine, while the third fine is QR500 fine, for not abiding by the pedestrian traffic signals.
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