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UPDATE: Sandz promoters blame uncooperative patrons for Palisadoes traffic pile-up

Tuesday, January 02, 2018

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KINGSTON, Jamaica — Promoters of the New Year’s event Sandz, which is being blamed for last evening’s traffic pile-up on the Palisadoes Road in Kingston, today apologised for the incident but said uncooperative patrons were responsible for the calamity.

The congestion, which was a result of partygoers parking outside the designated areas, affected flights at the Norman Manley International Airport (NMIA), as departures were delayed and passengers missed their flights.

“Security plans were shared with and approved by all superior bodies consisting of the hiring of police patrol on the strip, the rental of additional parking spaces/shuttle buses, advertising of the designated parking and the placement of adequate signage on the road,” the promoters said on social media site Instagram.

They expressed that traffic recommendations were raised and agreed to before permission was granted to use the venue but, despite the efforts made from their end, there was a breakdown in enforcement due to non-cooperation of patrons.

“We would like to give a special thanks to those patrons who cooperated with the officials and made use of the designated parking lot. We would also like to use this opportunity to appeal to all patrons and Jamaicans in general that law and order should be followed in all activities and it is our belief that we can all party together while still following the rules and best practices set by governing bodies,” the promoters added.

Meanwhile, Police Commissioner George Quallo described yesterday's incident as an “embarrassment” to the Jamaica Constabulary Force and was asked by Security Minister Robert Montague to provide a report on the circumstances surrounding last evening's activities, which resulted in the traffic pile-up.

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