-more in­stalled in Lodge

Stabroek News Sunday - - REGIONAL NEWS -

The po­lice say they are see­ing a re­duc­tion in col­li­sions from the use of sleep­ing po­lice­men and more were re­cently in­stalled on mi­nor roads within the vicin­ity of D’Ur­ban and Had­field streets, close to Mandela Av­enue, in Lodge.

Act­ing Traf­fic Chief Ramesh Ashram dis­closed last week that the Guyana Po­lice Force has col­lab­o­rated with the Min­istry of Pub­lic In­fra­struc­ture to iden­tify ar­eas where they have no­ticed wan­ton speed­ing by driv­ers.

The act­ing traf­fic chief fur­ther ex­plained that sig­nage was not be­ing re­spected by driv­ers.

“We have no­ticed that peo­ple don’t pay at­ten­tion to signs. A lot of times peo­ple see signs say­ing ‘Stop’ or ‘Go slow’ but they don’t ob­serve th­ese signs,” Ashram ex­plained, while point­ing out that a de­ci­sion was taken to in­stall the speed humps on mi­nor roads.

City En­gi­neer Colvern Ven­ture re­cently told Stabroek News that the speed humps are nec­es­sary since minibus driv­ers on route 41 (South Ruimveldt to Stabroek) and route 46 (Lodge to Stabroek) would of­ten speed through th­ese aux­il­iary roads.

“We have seen th­ese minibus driv­ers speed­ing down the road with­out any re­gard for the pedes­tri­ans or cy­clists. Also you see them try­ing to cut through the mi­nor roads to by­pass the stop lights,” he ex­plained.

Ven­ture noted that while he un­der­stands that the speed humps have been put in place to cre­ate safer roads, the Mayor and City Coun­cil were never con­sulted on the place­ment of the humps. The roads on which the speed humps were placed are mu­nic­i­pal roads, he noted.

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