APIA: FRIDAY 1 MARCH 2013: No longer are traffic signs and barriers at often used pedestrian crossings soft targets.
To ram into them, drive over them or otherwise harm them through lapses in driving skills is to invite a hard knock right back.
At pedestrian crossings along the Lalovaea, Taufusi, Vaimea and Vaimoso stretches of the East Coast Road, Land Transport Authority (LTA) has come up with a solid solution.
Stop signs have been mounted on blocks of cement on both approaches of crossings to raise them out of harm’s way.
At the same time the blocks shield the barriers at the crossings.
To the frustration of LTA both barriers and signs were frequently dented or otherwise damaged by motor vehicles.
At one time a reward was offered to drivers to identify the culprits.
Now contact with the new cement blocks can cause a vehicle and its driver serious damage.
“The signs have been put on top of the concrete structures not only to protect them better, but also to raise it so that drivers can see them properly especially at night,” said Chief Executive Officer of LTA, Leasi Ioane Galuvao, in an email.
“We had a trial run with the Lalovaea crossing and ever since the new structure was in place in May 2012, it has never been run over,” Leasi said.