Traffic lights have been placed at road intersections in Georgetown and environs to control competing flows of traffic and road users expect them to be working at all times but if they have been damaged they ought to be repaired as soon as possible.
However, some traffic lights, also known as stoplights, at very busy intersections have been out of order for protracted periods.
These stoplights were installed to ensure safe and orderly flow of traffic and to reduce the severity and frequency of accidents at the intersections.
However, Stabroek News has observed several non-operable stoplights around the city and this situation has been causing a daily traffic backup and in some instances minor accidents involving vehicles at such intersections.
The Vreed-en-Hoop junction on the West Coast Demerara (WCD) is a very busy intersection in the mornings as persons commute to and from Georgetown and other locations but the traffic lights at this junction have not been working for over a year and drivers are complaining about the traffic jams stretching from Best Road WCD to the Stelling and Plantain Walk, West Bank Demerara.
Then there is another notable case at Camp and Robb Streets where the traffic lights have been out of operation just like similar intersections such as at Sherrif and Duncan Streets, Lamaha and Albert Streets and at the Stabroek Market Square, all vital to controlling the traffic flow at their respective junctions.
Meanwhile, when Stabroek News contacted Leon Goring of the Ministry of Works for a comment on Monday he said that he was in a meeting and he should be contacted later but subsequently when he was contacted again he said that he will be unable to speak since he was busy all day. Efforts to contact him the following day also proved futile.