Ethiopia for the past couple of years has done a lot regarding construction of roads, although a lot more needs to done.
I am a person who travels out of Addis frequently and can testify to that since a lot of work has been done in different areas. We are trying our best to have safer roads for everyone. Yet, people are still not accustomed to using the roads properly. No pedestrians seem to be interested in paying attention to the traffic lights, even though most drivers themselves don’t go by the signals. Not long ago I witnessed a car accident that killed a woman. This happened on the ring road near Bole. There was a speed limit, but the driver was going faster than the limit and the woman wasn’t using the pavement.
It is true that highways should have a safe crossing for pedestrians, but that isn’t the case and people are not patient enough to walk all the way down and cross. This means they jump over the barriers and cross, even though the consequence could be the loss of their life. Something should be done about it.
Occasionally, I get to hear the traffic reports on the radio and find out that most of the accidents occur due to drivers’ impatience and negligence. But all the blame can not be put on the drivers; pedestrians are at fault too. How about using the zebra crossing when crossing rather than crossing the roads when you feel like it? There is a huge problem on both sides, as neither the drivers nor the pedestrians are careful enough.
Unfortunately, some of the roads in Ethiopia are not safe enough to be used. Sometimes I actually go through the trouble of changing my route while a new road is being constructed to find it as bad as it ever was a couple of weeks after the work is done. The road around torhailoch is a very good example of this.
It is also the case that some road constructions take way longer than anticipated. I mean, I am sure it can be done in a shorter amount of time, but for some unknown reason it gets started and gets stuck at some point, leaving people of the neighbourhood with no choice but to use it in its semi-maintained state – another reason for accidents.
Nowadays there is an even bigger mess, since the Government is demolishing people’s house in order to build roads. How cruel is it to actually kick someone out of their home because they need the space? Yes, condos are being built for these people as replacements, but that is not fair at all. What is fair and what is not has stopped being the concern of this country a long time ago, hasn’t it?
I am sure that Addis will look a lot different once the roads are done. The traffic police’s reluctance and corruption is also another problem.
Traffic police should actually be stricter and harsher on drivers, meanwhile there should also be a law that punishes those that traverse the highway without using the designated crossing points. People need to be aware of the different causes of accidents and the Government should give it due attention since Ethiopia is losing a lot of people to car accidents.
Everyone should be aware that it can happen to anyone at anytime, if you’re not careful enough.
But that’s just my opinion – what do our readers think?