Dan­ger looms in Wash­ing­ton Blvd dark­ness

Jamaica Gleaner - - OPINION & COMMENTARY -

THE ED­I­TOR, Sir: This is an open let­ter to both the Ja­maica Labour Party and the Peo­ple’s Na­tional Party.

I LIVE in a town house on Wash­ing­ton Boule­vard in Kingston, very close to the Boule­vard Bap­tist Church, and I have no idea who my coun­cil­lor is.

I have been hear­ing ad­ver­tise­ments re­cently that coun­cil­lors are re­spon­si­ble for street lights. Well, who­ever this per­son is, we need street lights on this stretch of road. Wash­ing­ton Boule­vard is one of the busiest thor­ough­fares in Kingston, and driv­ing on this road is ex­tremely dan­ger­ous at nights, be­cause mo­torists can­not see pedes­tri­ans when they are cross­ing. All you see are shad­ows.

The road has been in to­tal dark­ness for years now, and nei­ther the Ja­maica Pub­lic Ser­vice Com­pany nor any politi­cian has in­ter­vened to help. In­stead of fix­ing the street lights, re­cently they in­stalled re­flec­tors on the road.

Al­most nightly, you can hear the screech­ing of tyres, then a crash, as ac­ci­dents are the or­der of the day – or night. Re­cently, a bus was in­volved in an ac­ci­dent, and I un­der­stand that some­one died from that ac­ci­dent.

Thieves are now en­joy­ing the dark­ness, as they prey on the pedes­tri­ans. When JPS is called to report the mat­ter, rep­re­sen­ta­tives are ad­vis­ing that we need to walk from post to post and record the light pole num­ber and ad­vise them.

The dark­ness stretches from Dun­robin Av­enue to the Molynes Road in­ter­sec­tion with Wash­ing­ton Boule­vard, so I think that is very out of or­der for JPS to ask residents to do that.

Who­ever is re­spon­si­ble, we need HELP. SHARON BEN­NETT shar­ben­nettx5@gmail.com

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