New Takoradi

Install speed cameras to curb recklessness and over speeding, not road rumps- Industrialist

Its rather prudent to install speed sensor camera on our roads than to construct rumps, as means of curbing recklessness and over-speeding by motorist on our road, an industrialist, Kofi Abedu has advised.

His comment comes on  the heels of reports of road traffic indiscipline by motorist, on the newly constructed Paa Grant to New Takoradi road.

The road which is a concrete pavement block surfacing covers a distance of about 1.9 kilometers, and was funded by IbisTek, operators of the Takoradi Container Terminal (TACOTEL) and in partnership with the Ghana Ports and Harbours Authority (GPHA).

The GPHA, according to the Acting Marketing and Public Affairs Manager of Takoradi Port Peter Armoh-Bediakoh, is contemplating measures to arrest the situation. Among other consideration is the construction of road rumps and multiplication of security personnel [police] to check on drivers and pedestrians who use that road.

But Mr Abedu in an exclusive interview with Skyy News shot down the idea to construct these speed rumps.

“To me the issue is not about speed rumps. You’ve spent money to construct and the construction is over why then do you go and remove certain parts and plant foreign matter on the road. It would rather impact negatively on the life span of the road”, he said.

“All that we need to do is to put in place cameras that would monitor so that if we start putting in place punitive measures the people would comply”, Mr Abedu added.

He argued that the initiative must be complimented with fines, and that would discourage motorist from engaging in the act.

“Once the person is travels beyond the expected speed limit, at the tail end he’s stopped and made to pay a spot fine…if you over speed GH5,000 fine is charged. He pays before the car is released to him…will he do it again? The others will hear about it, and this will be a strong deterrent to others”, he emphasised.

He argued that “it is the best panacea to the problem than the speed rumps”

 

Story; Abraham Mensah/Skyy News

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