The dark sides of our streets; who cares?


Streetlights are fixed mainly for our protection and security as we travel through the night in our cities and towns, making them crucial components of urban infrastructure. Unfortunately, there are more broken lights now throughout the big cities and villages.

These lights produce an atmosphere that deters crime, lessens accidents, and promotes a sense of security. However, when these lights break down and are not fixed,  they pose a serious risk.

Residents frequently complain about problems like wavering lights, total outages, or uneven lighting, which not only endanger their safety but also detract from the attractiveness of their communities.

 One of the biggest repercussions of faulty street lighting is threat to public safety.

Driving through some principal streets from Krobo Odumase to Dodowa, which covers a distance of 28 kilometers, Accra-Pokuase Highway, and Haatso through the Atomic Police Station Road which covers a distance of 13 kilometers, to mention a few, you would be met with some very dark areas when driving at night. This phenomenon is worrying because armed robbers could capitalize on the absence to attack innocent motorists and pedestrians

The elderly and visually impaired are mostly at risk of accidents

Long-term exposure to low lighting can cause driver tiredness and higher levels of stress. Drivers who are worried or fatigued are less vigilant and more likely to make  bad judgements which can result in accidents.

 The authorities responsible must frequently inspect and maintain street lighting systems to lessen the risks associated with faulty street lights and traffic accidents.

 Accident rates can be reduced through properly planned lighting infrastructure, replacing damaged lights, and enhancing road safety. Drivers should also exercise caution when driving in areas with poor lighting and adjust their speed and driving techniques accordingly.

The impact of broken street lights on our daily lives cannot be overstated, even though they may seem insignificant. They have an impact on our well-being, mobility, and safety. We can anticipate a brighter, safer, and more energetic urban scene as cities work towards increased upkeep. It serves as a reminder that even the smallest lights can significantly impact a nation.

Source: MOI (PR Unit)