Two months on - are cars stopping for pedestrians?

06-03-2001

It's just over two months since the changes to Czech road regulations came into effect. One of the most closely observed changes has been the transferral of right of way at zebra crossings from driver to pedestrian. Alarmingly though, six people were killed on pedestrian crossings in January, compared to two during the same month last year.

It's just over two months since the changes to Czech road regulations came into effect. One of the most closely observed changes has been the transferral of right of way at zebra crossings from driver to pedestrian. Alarmingly though, six people were killed on pedestrian crossings in January, compared to two during the same month last year.

Radio Prague's risked life and limb to find out if the statistics were reflected by the attitude of drivers on the streets of Prague.

Well, not very encouraging, but at least Peter wasn't attempting to cross the road in Ostrava. There, a number of crossings have been closed, and signs have been posted warning pedestrians that although the white lines are still on the street, the crossing is now officially out of use. Very confusing for the public, but according to the authorities, merely the result of investigations into crossings located in dangerous locations, and the same investigations and closures have been happening in Brno and Prague. But do people feel safer on the streets?