Speed breakers: a boon or a bane?

Published Dec 02, 2012 03:16am

WHEN used judiciously, speed breakers prevent accidents and serve to slow down traffic in high-security zones. However, when used indiscriminately, or built to incorrect specifications, they cause hindrance to the smooth flow of traffic, damage vehicles and may even cause accidents.

Speed breakers must be located at road junctions keeping in view the ‘right of way’ rule.

They should be built on minor roads joining major ones and not the other way around.

The shape of speed breakers must be such that the gradient is gradual, which serves to slow down the vehicle gently. They must not be too high or of improper shape so that they do not scrape the bottom of the vehicle or deliver a severe impact to the suspension of the vehicle.

Speed breakers must be painted with bright, fluorescent paint and warning signs must be placed before them so that vehicles may slow down when approaching them.

It is inappropriate to construct speed breakers on highways, motorways, expressways and boulevards, which are all meant for high speed traffic.

On the one hand we build good roads to reduce commuting time and wear and tear on vehicles, while on the other unnecessary obstacles are placed on them to cause traffic jams and delays.

Some such examples are Korangi Expressway (which has no crossings), Sunset Boulevard and Rashid Minhas Road (between Askari IV and Sharea). However, pedestrian bridges must be built on these roads to prevent accidents. It is, therefore, requested that the traffic engineering cell of the relevant authorities should examine all speed breakers and modify them accordingly in the interest of safe, smooth and congestion-free vehicular movement.

ASIF JAH Karachi


Do you have information you wish to share with Dawn.com? You can email our News Desk to share news tips, reports and general feedback. You can also email the Blog Desk if you have an opinion or narrative to share, or reach out to the Special Projects Desk to send us your Photos, or Videos.

More From This Section

Illegal tax collectors

GOING towards the industrial estate in Peshawar is a two-hour journey. Not because it is far away, but because of...

Mly operation in Karachi

I APPEAL to the government and the armed forces to launch a major military operation in Karachi on the pattern of ...

Indian water war

INDIA has unleashed a water war against Pakistan by unleashing water in Indian dams. The loss to the economy can be...

Comments (0) (Closed)