Send out cops to help traf­fic flow in Bar­bican, Mona

Jamaica Gleaner - - OPINION&COMMENTARY -

THE ED­I­TOR, Sir: WITH ALL the road im­prove­ment works tak­ing place in the Mona and Bar­bican ar­eas of St An­drew, I re­ally wish that the Ja­maica Con­stab­u­lary Force would de­ploy more per­son­nel dur­ing peak hours to help keep the traf­fic flow­ing.

The past few weeks have been a night­mare. Dur­ing rush hour, com­mutes that would nor­mally last about 20 min­utes have been ex­tended to close to two hours. Very rarely do you see po­lice at the most dif­fi­cult spots to help with the traf­fic.

Take the Bar­bican round­about area, for in­stance. The im­prove­ment work tak­ing place there is ma­jor and any­one who knows the area well, knows how badly peo­ple drive and all the il­le­gal tac­tics they use to cut in line and get ahead of the flow. With­out the po­lice there to watch what is hap­pen­ing, this amounts to chaos.

I am truly afraid that some­day there will be a ma­jor road­rage in­ci­dent in that area in which some­one try­ing to ‘bad drive’ an­other will be met with ter­ri­ble wrath. The po­lice be­ing there, es­pe­cially dur­ing the course of the road­work, which is sched­uled, as I un­der­stand it, to be com­pleted at the end of De­cem­ber, might just end up sav­ing a life. At the very least, it would help get peo­ple where they are go­ing on time. It’s a win ei­ther way.


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