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More cops at Corporate Area stop lights

Thursday, May 24, 2018

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KINGSTON, Jamaica (JIS) — The Jamaica Constabulary Force (JCF) has increased the number of police personnel dispatched at some Corporate Area stop lights during peak hours.

Commanding Officer of the Traffic and Highway Division, Senior Superintendent of Police (SSP) Calvin Allen, told JIS News that over 40 cops have been assigned to critical intersections, and that is in addition to personnel in other areas and those who are roving.

He noted that the move is in an effort to maintain law and order and safeguard the lives of citizens.

“We started this initiative in February, and it was being done intermittently before, but we now have a structured approach in place to deal with this, and it is working well,” he said.

SSP Allen said the JCF is aware of the cries and concerns of law-abiding motorists, who have complained about the congestion and unlawful actions of some motorists at certain intersections in the Corporate Area, who go beyond their designated stop points and disobey road rules during peak hours.

He explained that motorists, anticipating the next light change, move down into the intersection, thereby preventing others who have the green light from going through.

“All of that is coming out of the level of indiscipline and impatience that exists, so we thought it necessary, and rightly so, to place officers at these critical intersections, especially during the peak hours of the morning,” he pointed out.

SSP Allen said that the police have created an effective presence “which has been working well, resulting in greater order in those areas”.

He told JIS News that the initiative will be ongoing, with the expectation that the number of police personnel assigned will increase over time.

In the meantime, he is imploring all road users to exercise care on the roadways.

“This is important… whether you ride a motorcycle, whether you pedal a bicycle, whether you walk or drive a motor car. The roadway is an area for serious attention,” he said.

He urged particular caution among pedestrians, many of whom, he noted, have lost their lives because of their own error.

“One simple [road rule] that we all learnt in school, was to look right, look left, look right again before you attempt to cross. We advise you to walk facing the oncoming traffic… If there is anything [coming], at least you are seeing that vehicle that is closest to you on your side of the road and can take some action to save your life,” SSP Allen said.

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