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03.04.2012 General News

AMA Takes Measures On Accidents On New Highway

By Zainabu Issah - Daily Graphic
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The Accra Metropolitan Assembly (AMA) is to construct preventive mediators to prevent pedestrians from crossing the new George Walker Bush Highway.

This comes in the wake of 12 recorded deaths on the highway since it was opened to motorists a week ago.

Pedestrians will have to use the footbridges provided on the highway to prevent traffic build-ups and more motor accidents.

More road signs will also be erected along the highway to direct both pedestrians and motorists.

Additionally, there will be the implementation of the Accra Traffic Management System to check activities on the road and also ease traffic congestion.

The new system will also record all indiscipline on the road by drivers and vehicles that do not adhere to road signs and regulations.

The Accra Metropolitan Chief Executive, Mr Alfred Vanderpuije, made this known Wednesday after a tour of the highway to check the way it is used.

He said most of the accidents recorded on the road resulted from the attitude of pedestrians who had refused to use the footbridges provided for them.

“Pedestrians have to understand that this is a motorway constructed to ease traffic, hence the need for them to use the footbridges provided for them,” he stated.

He said drivers who used the road should drive at reduced speed to prevent them from causing further accidents on it.

He extended a word of caution to drivers who picked and allowed passengers to get down from vehicles on the road, to desist from that in order not to get arrested by the police.

“Anyone who is caught picking or dropping a passenger on the road will be adequately dealt with by the law,” he served notice.

Mr Vanderpuije also warned hawkers who had started using the sides of the road as places of business to vacate their wares immediately before the long arm of the law caught up with them.

He also indicated that structures were being provided to make the road disability friendly.

“We are working on how to provide structures for the disabled to also benefit from the road,” he said.

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