Heavy traffic on the highway linking Hamra to Ashrafieh, Monday, Feb. 11, 2013. (The Daily Star/Hasan Shaaban)
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Three pedestrians were reported to have died crossing the Dora highway in two separate incidents in March, raising concern over road safety for pedestrians. Although the Lebanese traffic law punishes jaywalking with fines, these articles of the law are rarely implemented in practice, leaving pedestrians risking their lives instead of risking a fine of LL50,000 ($33).Pedestrians account for 35-40 percent of road deaths in Lebanon, an ISF spokesperson told The Daily Star, adding that fatal accidents on the highway are "very common". There were 173 pedestrian deaths in 2017 according to ISF data – 39.14 percent of total road accident fatalities for that year.Besides this discrepancy in statistics, Choueiri said there needs to be an effort to separate pedestrians from traffic.Regardless of the lack of road infrastructure, the Lebanese traffic law, last updated in 2015, fines pedestrians between LL50,000 and LL100,000 for not using specified crossings, including on highways.In many areas of the country, pedestrians would have to walk more than 30 minutes to cross highways using the nearest bridge.However, the ISF source said that the traffic law couldn't feasibly be fully implemented.
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