Residents along the Awoshie-Ablekuma highway in Accra are raising concerns about the rampant knockdowns of pedestrians on zebra crossings by over-speeding drivers. The zebra crossing is a marked pedestrian crossing usually accorded priority over vehicular traffic.
However, the situation is different along the Awoshie highway as drivers blatantly disregard the safety regulation, putting pedestrians in harm’s way. The residents are alarmed and fear that several lives will be lost if the situation persists.
In an interview with JoyNews, the residents expressed their helplessness over the situation and called on relevant authorities such as the National Road Safety Authority, Urban Roads, and Ghana Highways Authority to intervene. This is a call to action that should not be ignored.
Pedestrian safety is a critical issue that must be taken seriously by all stakeholders in the transport sector. It is unacceptable for drivers to disregard the safety of pedestrians, especially on zebra crossings. Drivers who flout traffic rules must be held accountable for their actions to serve as a deterrent to others.
The relevant authorities must prioritize the safety of pedestrians and take steps to ensure that drivers comply with traffic rules, especially at zebra crossings. The construction of speed ramps, road signs, and traffic lights could help manage the speed of vehicles on the highway and prevent accidents.
In conclusion, pedestrian safety is a shared responsibility, and everyone must play their part to ensure that pedestrians are safe on the roads. Drivers must respect the rights of pedestrians and comply with traffic regulations to avoid knockdowns on zebra crossings.
Pedestrians, on the other hand, must exercise caution and look out for oncoming vehicles before crossing the road. With the cooperation of all stakeholders, we can create a safe environment for pedestrians and reduce the number of accidents on our roads.
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