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Research by the National Road Safety Authority (NRSA) has shown that 48 percent of traffic lights in the Greater Accra Region are non-functional.
Areas noted for non-functioning traffic lights in the region include the Okponglo Junction, Shangrila, Kaneshie first light, Mataheko, Odorkor-Hansonic Junction, Kasoa-Tetegu junction.
In the Ashanti Region, 19% of traffic lights are not functioning, with the Central and Western Regions following with 9% and 7% respectively.
The NRSA expressed its dissatisfaction with the situation in a statement, indicating that the problem “increases the vulnerability of road users, especially pedestrians, to road traffic crashes and their associated injuries and deaths.”
It said the government’s failure to fix these faulty and non-functional streetlights and traffic signals “undermine the intent for their installation.”
The Authority thus asked the Department of Urban Roads, relevant assemblies, and the Ministry of Energy to take steps to ensure the functionality of streetlights and traffic signals.
“The Authority may be compelled to exercise its mandate to enforce the standards against erring duty bearers should the irresponsibility persist,” a portion of the statement said.
In light of the current situation, road users have been advised to be cautious when approaching intersections.
A few weeks ago, Citi FM/TV put the spotlight on street lights that were not functioning in the capital city.
Non-functioning traffic lights are estimated to be a major cause of road crashes and traffic congestion in different parts of Accra.
Below is a list of the areas in the Greater Accra Region with non-functioning traffic lights.