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Residents illegally remove lane separators to cross highway

Update: August, 10/2015 - 00:00

Residents illegally remove lane separators to cross highway

A gap in the lane separators on the Bo Trach highway section after residents removed a steel panel. — Photo

QUANG BINH — Local residents living along the national highway in the central Quang Binh Province have removed fencing panels installed between lanes to ensure traffic safety on the highway.

The local people have removed the panels to create gaps so that they can conveniently cross the highway from their homes.

Though their action violated the law, residents of the province's Quang Trach, Bo Trach and Ba Don districts have removed 48 panels along 30km of the highway.

Last Thursday, the investor of the lane separators, TASCO Joint Stock Company, reported the people's action to the local authorities, raising an alert about traffic safety, and asked the concerned agencies to protect the company property.

TASCO has invested in the expansion of the national highway and the road dividers through a BOT contract that began in 2013. This means the highway section is under its supervision and operation.

The province's People's Committee has asked the district authorities to monitor all such acts of violation and to catch the guilty in the act to penalise them.

But experts said the authorities should come up with a long-term solution such as education about traffic safety as well as awareness about protection of public property.

Zebra crossings are something that is not understood by many Vietnamese people. Pedestrians continue to cross roads from sections that have high-speed and dense traffic. — VNS

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