Sri Aman District Council coping well with increasing traffic
Moving smoothly into the mainstreme of development ... a section
of Sri Aman towncentre with its traffic lights to regulate the
increasing volumn of traffic.
Like it or not, traffic lights are a necessity on our roads today.
Can we imagine the bedlam without them" Many ways have been devised
to cope with today's growing volume of traffic on our roads -
flyovers, spaghetti junctions, tunnels, under-passes and so on.
And they have indeed been hailed as the best form of traffic regulation
of all time!
Jalan Club in Sri Aman town is one of the busiest roads which
has been fitted with a set of traffic lights. The project is undertaken
by the District Council at a cost of about RM136,650.00. The new
set of lights will ensure a smooth flow of traffic along Jalan
Club which has seen a tremendous leap in the volume of road users
over the years.
Encik Ignatius Jinnie, the Secretary of Majlis Daerah Sri Aman
spoke to RAKAN Sarawak recently about the project. "On the first
day of operation, many motorists who are not used to face traffic
lights at that junction became a little disoriented. But we requested
the assistance of the Traffic Division of the Royal Malaysia Police
Sri Aman and things got on rather smoothly. It's just a matter
of getting used to the traffic flow and apart from some errant
drivers, everything will be just fine."
There is no known record of when the first-ever traffic light
was introduced but suffice it to say that the role played by traffic
lights is as important as when it was first introduced. Imagine
what our roads will look like today if there are no form of regulation
for a smooth flow of traffic. Apart from other means of traffic
regulations, the presence of traffic lights have undoubtedly contributed
greatly in lowering the accident rates on our roads.
"It is high time that this part of town is fitted with the lights.
It is the busiest section of the town where the public passes
by on their way to the Pasar Tamu as well as getting to the tidal
bore or "benak" on the river beyond," added Encik Ignatius.