Traders and Drivers at the sofoline terminal is asking police to arrest pedestrians who refuse to use the Sofoline under-pass.
The under -pass was constructed some years ago to ease vehicular traffic and to secure the safety of pedestrians crossing the dual carriage to Kwadaso- Tepa and Bibiani high-ways.
Several people however still choose the perilous option of walking across the street, a situation which has resulted in at least three deaths recorded through vehicular knock-downs every week.
Some of the drivers suggested that, Roads and Highways department should fence the middle Lane of the road to stop the practice while police must enforce the law.
According to Road traffic regulations 2012 LI 154 section three which states “A pedestrian who fails to use the foot bridge or underpass where one is provided commits an offense. A person who contravenes this regulation is liable to a summary conviction, a fine not more than five penalty units or a term of imprisonment not more than seven days or both.”
But Silver FM’s Akwadaa Nyame who visited the place after one hour observation suggested that, contended that arrests can only begins when the pedestrians were adequately educated about the legal implications of failure to use the underpass.
“If you can conduct a survey, how many people are aware that if you fail to use the underpass or footbridge, you have committed an offense? And how will you feel if you arrest somebody who truly is not aware even though ignorance of the law is not an excuse,” Ghana law can only answer this question.
Mr Samuel Nimarko, a driver shared a different opinion stated that “in Ghana, if you leave everything to education most people will not do what they are supposed to do.”
He suggested that NRSC should organized several training models to create public awareness of the use of the under-pass and footbridges to reduce road accident and pedestrians knock down.
Source. Akwadaa Nyame (Silver FM)