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Not enough officers on roads, SSP Allen

Friday, November 03, 2017

Dear Editor,

I recently heard Senior Superintendent of Police Calvin Allen commenting on how busy the traffic police are 'policing' the traffic in the Corporate Area.

He mentioned some intersections and stated that the police are busy trying to get the traffic to flow in those areas. He specified the intersection of Holborn and Trafalgar roads, which caught my attention because I have not seen the evidence of same. I use Holborn Road daily and it is total grief to get onto Trafalgar Road. The taxis come from Dumfries Road and drive straight up Holborn Road, using the lane for motorists travelling in the opposite direction, and then they bore the line and go straight onto Trafalgar Road. Also, the motorists who are already on Trafalgar Road block the intersection when the traffic lights change. Therefore, when the light changes to green for traffic on Holborn Road we are stuck and can't move. This happens daily, so contrary to what SSP Allen and his officers are saying, they are not there in the evenings.

At least two officers need to be stationed at that intersection. One to stop the indisciplined drivers who just drive in the opposite lane and go straight on Trafalgar Road and the other to ensure that the intersection is not blocked.

SSP Allen, please consider the intersection of Dunrobin Avenue and Constant Spring Road — that too needs two officers in the mornings: one to insist that traffic in the extreme left lane to turn left, and the other to ensure that the intersection is not blocked.

Also, the intersection of Bay Farm Road and Waltham Park Road: The little yellow #82 buses take that road for themselves, driving on sidewalks and on the opposite side of the road, sometimes hitting mirrors of cars as they go — total lawlessness in the mornings. And there are no police officers out there to stop the mayhem on our roads in Kingston. Instead, Sir, we see officers comfortably on the sidelines on minor roads all over Kingston for 15 or 20 minutes stopping law-abiding citizens.


Leroy Brown


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