Many motorists and commuters are of the view that while traffic lights around the city are intended to make roadways safer and bring about some form of traffic orderliness, some lights in the city are actually doing the opposite.
One such traffic light which is most notable for this irony is the one at Regent and Camp Streets, and several others along the same Camp Street area leading up to Lamaha Street in the north.
Passengers, general road users, and drivers alike are of the view that because of the traffic load that usually engulfs the Camp Street area and many of its adjoining streets during peak hours, the city is generally plunged into a state of traffic chaos that often results in many minor accidents.
Checks by this publication over a two week period to ascertain these claims have since shown that the traffic situation is often terrible and frustrating while the traffic lights are functioning at the Camp Street area.
However, on days when the lights are in caution mode (just blinking), the roadways were observed to be very clear, ironically with no reports of accidents.
Further checks on the subject matter in several other Caribbean countries showed that many of them including Grenada and Barbados were forced to abandon the full-time use of traffic lights in some areas of their cities, especially where a traffic buildup can quickly occur.
It is this very methodology that some Guyanese are suggesting for the city of Georgetown, while indicating that the lights should remain on caution mode at least up to 9am in the mornings, followed by two 90-minutes intervals primarily between 12 midday to 1:30pm, and then from 4pm to 5:30pm when traffic in the city is at its peak.
Other traffic lights that were identified as contributing negatively to city traffic during peak hours are the traffic lights between Brickdam and Avenue of the Republic (around the Court area); Regent Street and Avenue of the Republic (Plaisance bus park area), in addition to the one along Church and Camp Streets.
Subsequent checks with the Ministry of Public Works to ascertain whether the department that manages the traffic lights would consider the on-and-off traffic lights strategy that is used by Grenada and Barbados to manage their peak hours traffic challenges, would be considered here, has since proved futile.
However, the general public has ironically labeled the lights at the corner of Camp and Regent Streets as a traffic nuisance, and prefers that the city launch a basic test of the on-and-off traffic lights methodology.
After all, they do not agree that every corner of the city warrants a traffic light.