Almost 18% of the death toll on our streets originates from ‘running over’ of pedestrians. Zebra crossings are designed to guarantee a safe passage for pedestrians. Be aware that motorists are in the stronger position and that pedestrians are in a very vulnerable position, especially at those zebra crossings without traffic lights!  Motorists need to be caring and be extra vigilant when approaching zebra crossings / pedestrian crossings.

How to do it right

As a motorist:

  • The yield signs at zebra crossings indicate, that pedestrians have right of way – obey it!
  • Slow down or stop to make sure pedestrians can cross safely.
  • If there is traffic behind you, use your hazard lights for warning.
  • If there are 2 or more lanes, and another car already stopped for pedestrians, you must stop, too!
  • If you approach a zebra crossing and you see pedestrians on the street already crossing, you must stop!
  • Be very careful, mindful and polite when you approach zebra crossings!
  • Don’t forget: once you step out of your car, you are also a pedestrian and you also desire that drivers watch out for you!

As a pedestrian:

  • Don’t be distracted when using a zebra crossing (get off your phone!)
  • Establish eye contact with approaching motorists
  • Be mindful, that you are the weakest traffic participant
  • Take no risks  and don’t force your way (even if motorists have a yield-sign)
  • Don’t cross by red light

Also refer to: http://www.roadsafetyuae.com/pedestrian-safety/

Pedestrian flash


Dec 2018 RTA Pedestrian Flash

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