THE practice of vending in between vehicles at traffic lights should be discouraged or we will have deaths recorded either as hit-and-run or a hold up gone wrong.
Traffic laws forbid people from conducting illegal activities on the road, but unfortunately, this is not being enforced.
Those responsible are turning a blind eye to a dangerous practice that should be stopped.
One area that has lost all credibility of being a city road is the traffic light area at the Waigani/Tokarara/Morata intersection.
That area is no longer safer for motorist who have to stop at the red lights.
So many things have gone wrong there – you have the pedestrians running in between cars to cross, vendors selling their products and yes, opportunists hang around the area ready to pounce on unsuspecting vehicles. Boys/men who rob the public of their belongings, hold up a driver or damage vehicles usually escape into the crowd and are gone before the public reacts.
While we commend the efforts of police officers patrolling those areas, the vendors should not only be chased away, they should be arrested and charged so those who continue to break the law get the message.
Anybody selling in between traffic lights should be arrested and charged. Period.So this along with road safety and the adherence of traffic laws should become a top priority for the police and other relevant government agencies.
Apart from street vending, it seems motorists are defying traffic regulations by driving over the median that divides the city roads.
In some cases, drivers are making dangerous U-turns in places where they are not supposed to be turning and vehicles are being parked at unauthorised locations or even on the pavements in public venues, which is wrong.
The worst culprits are PMV and taxi drivers.
Moreover, these culprits are breaking just about every rule in the traffic book. We have stressed previously that the illegal and dangerous practice of motorists running the red lights at traffic light intersections has become rampant in Port Moresby.
The main culprits used to be the reckless PMV and taxi drivers who have now been joined by other senseless motorists who realise there is nothing to stop them from running the red lights and breaking other traffic rules.
As far as these cowboys are concerned, they own the city roads and nobody can stop them and their dangerous habits.
These are the culprits that should be stopped before they injure or kill themselves and other innocent road users.
In some countries, road safety is of utmost importance and the violation of traffic laws, including traffic light regulations, draws heavy penalties. That does not happen in Papua New Guinea because we do not take road safety seriously.
It seems relevant authorities do not really care about road safety and the risks that are posed by reckless drivers.
With the influx of vehicles into Port Moresby over the years, traffic jams have become a way of life for motorists with long queues at traffic light intersections that can test a driver’s patience.
Then we have the drunk drivers who also think they are the kings of the road when they are intoxicated.
It seems to be a common problem in the country.
They too should be halted in their tracks as they are a threat to our society.
It is a matter of life and death that these measures are implemented immediately.