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Motorists urged to exercise care

BY BRIAN BONITTO
Associate Editor —
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bonittob@jamaicaobserver.com

Thursday, March 29, 2018

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ACTING Senior Superintendent of Police (SSP) Courtney Coubrie is urging motorists to exercise caution on the island's roadways during the holiday season.

“Motorists are hereby advised that we have a long holiday weekend and several people will be moving from one place to another. In St Ann, for instance, there are several activities, including a soca party and a kite festival. The north coast highway has been the scene of many crashes in the past, please take your time and drive carefully when traversing this and other major thoroughfares,” he said.

“If you drink, take along a designated driver; obey the speed limits. Do not run afoul of the law,” Coubrie continued.

Coubrie has been acting as commanding officer at the Traffic and Highway Division of the Jamaica Constabulary Force since SSP Calvin Allen's transfer to the Operations Branch on March 1.

The traffic boss said he and his troops would also be out in their numbers during the holiday weekend.

“The Traffic and Highway Police will be out in their numbers to ensure the public's safety. We will be out with our speed radars and screening devices... It's the Lenten period, which Jesus shed his blood for all of us, so we need no other bloodshed. We want this holiday period to be a safe one,” Coubrie added.

Since the start of the year, 72 people have died in motor vehicle crashes islandwide. Last year 321 people were killed, while in 2016 some 379 deaths were recorded.

Kenute Hare, director of the Road Safety Unit in the Ministry of Transport and Mining, is also appealing to motorists to exercise care on the road.

“Jamaicans should use this season to keep themselves as save as possible. People please, don't use the network to cause mayhem and destruction. Many of these deaths could have been avoided... Persons travelling long distances should get adequate rest. And, please, wear your seatbelts and helmets,” he said.

He lists the major hot spots as the Elegant Corridor of the north coast highway, Llandovery main road in St Ann, and the Old Harbour main road. He, however, highlighted the latter.

“This is the most deadly in the country. Of the seven people killed on this road since January 2018, six were thrown out of the vehicle... this means they weren't wearing seatbelts,” he said.

Hare also used the opportunity to address what he labels a “worrisome trend”.

“There are some drivers of robot taxis that are putting two passengers beside them at the front. This is a deadly practice, please desist,” he added.

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