NWA working with cops, health dept to stop vandalism of traffic signals

Thursday, August 16, 2018

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THE National Works Agency (NWA) believes that a person of unsound mind might be responsible for acts of vandalism that have resulted in a number of traffic signals being out of service.

In a release yesterday, the agency said it is aware that a number of signalised intersections in the Corporate Area are currently without functioning traffic signals.

NWA Manager, Communication and Customer Services Stephen Shaw explained 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.

Shaw said NWA suspects that a mentally ill person might be responsible for the vandalism.

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

The release said some of the locations that are currently impacted include Red Hills and Eastwood Park roads, Oxford Road and the Planning Institute of Jamaica 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 said it is concerned that it could deplete its inventory of signal equipment repair parts if the problem is not arrested soon.

The agency said it has informed the police of the incidences and is working with them to bring an end to the vandalism.

The NWA said it has also sought the assistance of the Mental Health Services of the Kingston and St Andrew Health Department in treating with the matter.

While the situation is being resolved, the agency is reminding 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,” the release said.

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