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Mentally ill person suspected in vandalism of Corporate Area traffic signals — NWA

Wednesday, August 15, 2018

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KINGSTON, Jamaica — The National Works Agency (NWA) says it suspects that a person of unsound mind could be vandalising signal cabinets, leaving a number of intersections in the Corporate Area without functioning traffic lights.

Manager, communication and customer services at the NWA, Stephen Shaw explained in a statement a short while ago that late last month, the agency recognised that its efforts to repair a number of signals, which were out of operation due to torn cables or vandalised signal cabinets, were being deliberately undone.

He said the attacks, which were previously concentrated along the corridor stretching from Mandela Highway, Washington Boulevard and Dunrobin Avenue, have now extended to areas within the city centre.

Some of the locations that are currently impacted include Red Hills and Eastwood Park Roads, Oxford Road and the PIOJ Building pedestrian crossing and Half-Way-Tree and Slipe Roads.

“Based on the frequency with which repairs have had to be effected in recent weeks, the NWA is concerned that it could deplete its inventory of signal equipment repair parts if the problem is not arrested soon.

“The agency has informed the police of the incidences and is working with them to bring an end to the vandalism. The NWA has also sought the assistance of the Mental Health Services of the Kingston and St Andrew Health Department in treating with the matter,” said the statement.

NWA also reminded the motoring public that no one has the right of way in the absence of traffic signals at affected intersections.

“All motorists are expected to stop on approach of such intersections, to treat the junction as though it were being regulated by a stop sign and to allow the first motorist who approaches the intersection to go across.”

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