Target irresponsible drivers

Friday, October 05, 2018

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Dear Editor,

I read with interest the article written by Michael Nicholson on page 15 of the Jamaica Observer of October 4, 2018 under the headline 'When the traffic law is a member of the horse family'.

I wish to endorse the views the writer expressed.

I first obtained a driver's licence in 1958, a second one in the United Kingdom in the 60s, and a third in the US in the 70s, and to date I have never had to make a claim against my insurance company.

I travel weekly between the parishes of Kingston and St Andrew, St Thomas, Portland, St Ann, and St Mary, including traversing the challenging Junction main road. On these trips my greatest fear is to see a traffic policeman emerge from under a tree or around a corner with a raised hand stopping me for speeding.

Fortunately, there is a common interest among motorists who usually warn of these entrapments.

It is my opinion that the majority of accidents are caused from two main factors — improper overtaking and driving without due care and attention, bearing in mind the condition of the road, whether wet or dry, and the use of the road by other users including pedestrians.

On a four-lane highway overtaking is safer and pedestrians are not expected to be there. The speed limit on the highway should be increased and the traffic police should focus their attention on careless and dangerous driving displayed by irresponsible motorists and allow responsible motorists to enjoy using the highway without being targeted as a source of revenue.

H Dale

Kingston 5

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