Tuesday, October 23, 2012

The Fluid Traffic Lights in the City of Accra

I've heard it said about prisons, mental-health institutions and toilets. Now I add traffic lights. You can tell how civilised a country is by how its drivers mind the traffic lights (and traffic circles).

Five or six years ago, a friend and I saw a Nigerian businessman do a jaw-drop when visiting Accra for the first time. "They actually obey the lights?" He asked. He said the lights were useless décor back in his country. We had a sneaky suspicion that he was self-deprecating too hard.

That kind Nigerian gentleman; he visited five years too soon. Every morning at the Regimanuel traffic lights on the Spintex Road, I barely hang on to dear life after three 'Hail Marys' and four near misses.

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  1. Kwame Mensa-Bonsu23 October, 2012

    Guess the young new drivers are not being told about obeying traffic lights by their supposed trainers and the corrupt DVLA. The new ones ignore and the others follow....

    1. Honestly, I haven't observed that younger drivers are more likely to flout traffic laws than older drivers.


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