October 5, 2012 ·10 Comments
Dahabshil group of companies has donated traffic signs to notify motorists using the vital Hargeisa –Berbera highway of regulations, provide warning to potential hazards on or near the roadway, and provide needed guidance to destinations.
The road signs numbering more than 50 were handed to the Somaliland road Authority by the head of Public relations and Media Prof. Hassan Mohamed Jama A.K.A Hassan Heiss who said this is part of a pilot project by Dahabshil group to install road signs in all major highways in the country.
Nowadays, the rate of accidents in our roads have been increasing dramatically with many people losing their lives in what would have been preventable accidents, so we at Dahabshil group decided that it was our corporate responsibility to provide the crucial road signs to be posted along the road can provide you with the information you need to practice safe driving skills. Remember to pay attention to road signs; they could save your life, said Prof Hassan Heiss.
Efficiency is another important factor in road signs. Signs ensure cars move at the correct speed and in the correct direction to keep traffic flowing uniformly. As with any sign, road signs are intended to provide you with knowledge. In most cases, these signs are for your safety. They tell you things such as which way you can go on a road or what speed you can drive on the major highways. However, the most important signs you will see on the road are safety ones which warn you of dangerous road conditions, said Prof Hassan Heiss.
The Head of regional development at Dahabshil group Mr. Abdurrahman Ali Haji Hassan speaking during the handover of the road signs in the town of haleeya, said this isn’t the first time we have provide this signs in fact we had donated similar signs back in the nineties but have since disappeared for sight due to lack of maintenances.
Mr. Abdurrahman urged Public agencies that have been tasked with installing traffic signs also have the responsibility to maintain them through the life of the sign. Public agency should devote resources to retain the visibility and legibility of traffic signs, as well as ensuring that signs remain properly mounted and in good working condition. The Deputy Director of Somaliland Road Authority, Eng. Hussein Abdi Ali thanked Dahabshil Group for their generosity, he added that the Road signs will give out a number of messages regarding the road and what you as a driver should expect on the road.
Therefore, if followed properly, road signs help maintain discipline on the road. Road signs are placed in a manner that makes them visible to the driver from a distance. This helps drivers consider the condition of the road ahead as described by the sign; they may need to change their speed accordingly, added Eng. Hussein Abdi Ali. Road signs need to be placed at a considerable distance from one another.
In this way the driver will not be confused and this will prevent misunderstanding and accidents occurring. Road signs come in different shapes and colours, where each stands for a particular message. This makes it possible to Recognizing and knowing road signs are part of the legal criteria for getting a driver’s license and are the key component in a driving theory test, said Eng. Hussein Abdi Ali.
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