Locals want speed humps at Butibam

Lae News, Normal

The National , Monday, May 30, 2011

TWO women from Butibam village have been admitted to the Angau Memorial Hospital in Lae after being hit by a vehicle trying to overtake another on an arterial road that runs through the village towards Kamkumung and Unitech.
Priscilla Kissing and Alice Jethro were walking home at 7.30pm on Saturday after visiting a store when they were struck down.
The accident resulted in villagers blocking both ends of the road, from Bumbu-Malahang and Kamkumung with drums.
They said the road would reopen only after signs for drivers to slow down and speed humps were put in place.
Drivers regularly sped along this stretch of road since it was sealed more than a year ago.
There have been many near-misses for pedestrians who use the road and a death was recorded there two months ago when a 10-seater, trying to overtake another car, fatally injured a man.   
Kissing was in a stable condition but Jethro’s injuries, to one of her legs, needed further attention.
Butibam villagers had complained about heavy trucks speeding along the road without a care for children and pedestrians.