Home Letters ‘Fairy’ traffic lights on East Coast Demerara
Recently, additional traffic lights were installed on the East Coast of Demerara. Lights are now at Sheriff Street, Bel Air, Turkeyen, Ogle, Better Hope, Le Ressouvenir, LBI, BV, Triumph, Mon Repos and Lusignan.
The inconvenience this imposes on motorists is disgusting and infuriating. To compound the aggravation, the lights do not operate in tandem; that is to say: east-to-west and north-to-south simultaneously, but rather one at a time, to the frustration of motorists. This dilemma is also evident on the Railway Embankment. I have travelled widely, and have never encountered such lack of vision.
On November 09, at about 12:30pm, I was driving west on the Railway Embankment, and had to stop at the traffic lights at Bel Air. There was a build-up of traffic, and I had to wait until all the lights changed twice before proceeding. I observed there was a long line of eastbound traffic from Bel Air to Sheriff Street, and that line had to remain immobile to facilitate only the westbound traffic.
By what logic should this ordeal be allowed to continue? The purpose of traffic lights is to regulate the flow of traffic, but in this case it served to impede. The architect of this absurdity should be disciplined for ineptitude, which has caused unnecessary discomfort to motorists. It would be advisable that these lights be recalibrated to eliminate the current inconvenience.
Also, minor heed is being paid to the pedestrian crossings, as pedestrians are often seen flouncing and not adhering to the signs. It is even considered dangerous to use some of these pedestrian crossings, hence measures should be initiated to alleviate the danger.
I spoke with the Attorney General on this matter, and he expressed agreement with the content of this missive. He even authorised me to indicate his disapproval of this imposition, which he considers a retrogressive step.