ANAMBRA State House of Assembly has urged Gov. Willie Obiano to regulate incessant erection and installation of speed-breakers on state roads to reduce rate of accidents.
The resolution followed motion sponsored by Mr Noble Igwe, representing Ogbaru 1 Constituency.
According to him, motorists who are not familiar with the road often lose control of their cars, thereby resulting in accidents.
“Speed-breakers or bumps play significant roles in traffic controls as speed reduction help to promote safety of drivers and pedestrians.
“It is worrisome that these speed bumps are double edged swords as they cause accidents instead of preventing it.
“They are being incessantly and illegally erected without caution signs to regulate specifications. As a result, unsuspecting motorists are thrown off balance by sudden bumps resulting in severe accidents,” he said.
Mr Nonso Okafor, representing Nnewi North said there was insufficient lighting on the roads where the speed-breakers had been installed, making them undetectable to motorists at nights.
“With regards to international standards, a speed-breaker have to be visible with proper markings and sign boards to alert vehicles about oncoming vehicles ahead; but that is not the case here. So, this needs to be checked,” Okafor said.
Mr Lawrence Ezeudu, representing Dunukofia said that it was the responsibility of the Ministry of Works to install speed-breakers and not the responsibility of individuals, landlords or town unions.
“The problem is not the speed-breakers but their designs and size. Ideally, Ministry of Works should be responsible for constructing them, but in Anambra, anyone does so if they see a lot of traffic on a road.”
Deputy Speaker of the House, Mr Paschal Agbodike, who presided over the session, also lamented installation of unauthorised speed-breakers, saying they injure motorists as well as damage vehicles.
“We urge Gov. Obiano to direct the Commissioner for Works to prevent incessant erection of speed-breakers on state roads to prevent accidents,” he said.