Why speed bumps have been removed

By Joyetter Luamanu ,

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USE THIS CROSSING: The pedestrian crossing on Beach Road.

USE THIS CROSSING: The pedestrian crossing on Beach Road.

Public complaints led to the removal of the speed bump in front of the R.S.A. night club in Apia. 

This is according to Land Transport Authority Acting C.E.O. Mata’afa Sepelini Poufa. 

He said the public was informed through last year about the change.

“It was always in the plans of L.T.A. to have it removed when the traffic light pedestrian crossing in front of the D.B.S. building was up and running in June last year,” he said. 

“After these pedestrian lights were up and running, a lot of people (especially drivers) had requested L.T.A. to have the said speed hump removed, so to avoid stopping twice at the lights and then at this speed hump crossing and vice versa. 

“The L.T.A. Board had since approved the removal of this hump in November 2017 but had waited until the festive season and holidays are over before it is removed,” he said. 

It was the public who lodged complaints about the said hump to be removed for obvious reasons.

The newly-installed traffic light pedestrian crossing is proven to be much safer for all, so all people are encouraged to use it for their safety. 

“The L.T.A. authorized traffic officers are been rostered from 9am to 5pm to patrol the area ensuring people's safety and abide with the traffic lights. 

“People who opt not to use the traffic light pedestrian crossing are on their own risk and right to do so.  

“But L.T.A. and Government will not be liable if their life is affected by not using the traffic light pedestrian crossing.” 

There was no need for public awareness to be held for a removal of a speed hump such as the one in front of R.S.A. in Apia. 

That is the personal opinion of Mata’afa who said it is common sense for everyone to realise that once the hump is removed, it means, go and use the more safer and easier alternate crossing already in place.

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