Illegal speed humps - Common phenomenon on Volta highways

BY: Mary Anane-Amponsah
 The unauthorised speed humps on top of the official rumble strips at Matse
The unauthorised speed humps on top of the official rumble strips at Matse

About three years ago, the Volta Regional Minister then, Madam Helen Adjoa Ntoso, while on a programme to Keta on the Ho-Denu-Aflao road, felt the nuisance of unauthorised high speed humps.

The situation caused discomfort to all the drivers and passengers in vehicles in the convoy, thus, she immediately ordered their removal.

Her orders were carried out by the police, military and officials of the Ghana Highways Authority (GHA).

Similarly, on the Adidome-Sogakope road, the minister again ordered the removal of deadly speed humps, which was carried out by the military.

Then, the speed humps were just a few in some communities on that road.

Today, the story of illegal speed humps on the Ho-Denu-Aflao road has even become worse, with various communities along the highway mounting them to check vehicular speed on one of the Volta Region’s busiest trade routes.

From Wumenu, through Agotime to the Ave communities, unauthorised speed humps are the most common features motorists encounter on the road as every community mounts one to prevent speeding.
 
Even at curves in roads, communities mount speed humps made of wood, sand and stones, with no recourse to the laws guiding road safety.