Safety measures to curb speeding along busy stretch

The busy Anson Road in George Town, Penang, is a ‘hotspot’ for accidents.

MORE safety measures will be put in place at one stretch of Anson Road which has been identified as a ‘hotspot’ for accidents.

A proposed new speed table and a set of 15 yellow transverse bars will be fixed near the pedestrian traffic light on the road between the junctions of Lim Eow Thoon Road and Seang Tek Road in George Town.

Komtar assemblyman Teh Lai Heng said the Penang Island City Council (MBPP) has approved the putting up of 20m transverse bars which would be completed in two weeks’ time.

He said the speed table was still subject to approval by the council.

Teh sent a letter to a local councillor in May after receiving complaints from locals that several car accidents had taken place in the area.

“The safety measures are meant to slow down traffic at that stretch as I was told many motorists were speeding during the night.

“Last week, a car crashed into a fire hydrant by the roadside.

“A few minor accidents also took place in the area and this has raised concerns among the residents who are mostly hawkers and traders at the nearby market.

“Hopefully, the safety measures put up along the stretch would help to curb speeding.

“It will then be safer for pedestrians to cross the busy road,” he added.

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