One cause of road crashes is mostly caused by the absence of traffic lights, driver’s negligence, drunk driving among other factors. The huge traffic on major roads in Accra like Prof John Evans Atta mills high street is caused by the absence of traffic signals from the Korle Bridge to the Kwame Nkrumah museum close to the Arts Center.
Some broken lights hang loosely on the wires that supply power to them, meaning that they can easily fall off or injure road users. Traffic lights are very important because the country does not have many flyovers and interchanges therefore motorists and pedestrians rely on traffic systems to manage the movement on city roads.
The problem of faulty traffic lights in Accra has reached alarming proportions, with at least 100 traffic lights at 28 major intersections either down, missing, or malfunctioning. This has made drivers and pedestrians vulnerable to road accidents and knockdowns.
Speaking to some pedestrians off-camera, within the vicinity of Prof John Evans Atta Mills, Kwame Nkrumah Museum close to the Arts Center spotted out that, the lights there had not been working for almost two years, mounting pressure on MTTD personnel who have to be present throughout the day. Bulbs are off sockets due to lack of maintenance.
In an interaction with Madam Pearl Aduso, head of communications at the National Road Safety Authority reveals that the National Road Safety Authority is not responsible for road traffic lights.
She, however, added that malfunctioning road signs increase traffic and cause accidents hence the National Road Safety Authority is working with stakeholders to get them to work on spoilt, faulty, and malfunctioning traffic lights.
Mrs. Pearl Aduso recounted that the National Road Safety Authority recently met with some stakeholders including assemblies, the Ghana Highway Authority, Urban Roads, Energy Commission, among others in order to know which of them is responsible for taking care of faulty traffic lights. She added that, in the Legislative Instrument (LI), they have a new mandate which states clearly that, all authorities should be made to comply with whatever work they have to do. We realize that the Energy Commission is responsible for traffic lights with the assembly within the jurisdiction where the traffic is, she said.
By: Naa Otinkoramah Ankrah