Teach the police the Road Code

Wednesday, July 18, 2018

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Dear Editor,

Last week I was driving towards Liguanea from Mona Road. As I approached the intersection at Waterfalls, there was no oncoming traffic on the lane I was entering. There was, however, a police car in the second lane on the other side of the road. I proceeded through the intersection and drove towards the US Embassy — only to be pulled over by the police.

At first he asked why I did not stop at the intersection. I advised him that there was no stop sign, unbroken white line, or even broken white line. He then asked If I had seen the “yield” sign, and why didn't I yield on his approach. Why yield? He was in a different lane on the other side of the road?!

This highlights how ignorant our police are of the law they are supposed to uphold.

They are quick to harass decent-looking citizens for the slightest infraction and pull them over with flashing blue lights like criminals. But ask them to take on gunmen and taxi drivers who make a third lane at every major intersection across Kingston and they're missing in action.

I will pay the fine with a heavy heart because I know if I go to court the policeman will not turn up. I do, however, have his name and badge number. I can be contacted by email should his supervisor want to arrange the requisite training he obviously needs.

Colin Wheeler


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