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Pedestrians reluctance to use overhead bridges


ISLAMABAD – Most of the residents living across the Islamabad Expressway are not using overhead bridges built at various points, which imperils their life and have led fatal accidents.

Despite warnings by the police and traffic instructions,pedestrians reluctant to climb the bridges and instead walk across the road endandering both their life and of the motorists as well. For example, today I saw an old fellow coming out of Dhok Kala Khan slipping through the road divider grills instead of using the overhead bridge.

Pedestrian are generally reluctant to use the nearby overhead bridges like the old guy saying: “I’m in a hurry,I don’t care.I have to reach office.”

An official of Islamabad Traffic Police said that they are doing their best to educate the road users and different sign boards have been installed to guide the road users.

“I agree that most of the pedestrians prefer short-cut, avoid use of these overhead bridges and face road accidents”, he said. Several fatal and other road accidents have occurred on the Islamabad Expressway due to the negligence of pedestrians who come on the road and at time are hit by the speeding vehicles.

The official said that police would continue efforts to educate road users. He requested the people to use overhead bridges as they were erected for their safety. The Expressway is one of the busiest road of the city as most of the traffic coming from Lahore use it to enter Islamabad and Rawalpindi.

Muhammad Afzal, a car owner said it was regrettable that pedestrian were not using the overhead bridges. Muhammad Shafi a public transport driver of route 21, said such practice disturbed the flow of traffic.

Irshad Hussain, a government employee said the he always used overhead bridges to safely cross the road.

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