Praying for improvement in driving conditions

Praying for improvement in driving conditions

Monday, February 17, 2020

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Dear Editor,

There is an urgent need for the Government to address the blatant disregard that is paid to the rule of law on the nation's roads.

It takes great courage to drive on the roads and it takes Jesus's protection to keep pedestrians safe on the sidewalks. It is a life and death experience driving in Jamaica and extra special attention is needed in order to stem the spiralling number of road fatalities.

The road fatalities annual tally has been missing the 300 target for a number of years, and is projected to continue trending upwards. This is as a result of undisciplined drivers, improper road use, defective motor vehicles, and unaware pedestrians. The mean, selfish, and impatient behaviour of undisciplined public passenger vehicle operators costs motorists and their families billions of dollars in vehicle repairs and funeral arrangements every year.

Mr Honourable Brogad, there is an expectation that the Government will enact the relevant laws and impose penalties to deter reckless, life-ending driving. The law must, at least, seem to work for the people to have faith in it. For a driver to have over 1,000 unpaid tickets and is still operating on the road indicates a serious flaw in the system. The last ticket amnesty hauled in enough money that could service the country's debt and finance the 2020 budget. This was a clear indication of the high level of indiscipline and unruly behaviour, particularly by public passenger vehicle operators.

These operators act as if they are a law unto themselves and present other motorists with the greatest temptation to keep their sanity. It has got so bad that taxi men are mowing down police officers in uniform.

Mr Honourable Brogad, Jamaicans are on their knees, praying for the eyes of the fancy hi-tech cameras installed across the island to be opened and for the new road traffic Act hidden in Parliament to be found. Amen.

Hezekan Bolton

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