Ghana’s Roads and Highways Minister, Kwesi Amoako-Atta has disclosed that government has intended to protect school children and pedestrians by providing underground crossings at places where possible.
This comes after over thirty students of Kumasi-based Islamic Senior High School on Monday, June 13, 2022 were rushed to the hospital following tear gas which was allegedly fired by the police to disperse students who were demonstrating over incessant vehicular knockdowns after their numerous request for authorities to build speed ramps on the road accorded the needed attention.
It is quite common to encounter several illegal speed ramps on the various roads in Ghana. These illegal speed ramps have no street signs ahead to prompt drivers to slow down and are also not properly constructed to meet standards.
Mr. Amoako-Attah has also admitted that the issue of unauthorised speed ramps is a difficult one to answer though it is an offence to create such speed ramps.
He explained that if the people in a particular town keep experiencing vehicles knocking down their people, it is quite natural that they would create speed ramps to compel over speeding vehicles to slow down.
“I am not endorsing unauthorized speed ramps but some communities are compelled to do this. All of us have a part to resolve these problems. Ideally, everybody prefers to drive on the highway without speed ramps because they are problematic. In other parts of the world, you would travel on the highway for so many kilometers without any speed ramps” he emphasised
The Roads Minister blames drivers for flouting road signs to over speed even in towns where they are supposed to be driving at 50 km/h.
“You and I know the behavior of drivers, I am referring to all those who sit behind the steering wheel including me. Some of us drivers irresponsibly including both private and commercial drivers even those who are supposed to know better are irresponsible when driving. Even when it is clearly written that drivers should not exceed 50km/hour, you see them not heeding to the road signs and over speed”.