Half-Way-Tree to be the centre of zero tolerance to road traffic act
Prime Minister Andrew Holness is promising a tough stance for abusers of the island's road traffic act next year, with Half-Way-Tree in St Andrew being the first primary focus.
Holness, speaking at the 76th Annual Conference of the Jamaica Labour Party at the National Arena, said that while he and his party are cognisant and accommodating of Jamaicans going out to earn a living, the indiscipline on the nation's roads stymies economic progress.
According to the Prime Minister, he has heard the slew of complaints being made about taxi men and their behaviour on the road in Half-Way Tree, and he has instructed the police commissioner to take action, which will start next year.
Holness said: "We can't build Jamaica in chaos, and I see the chaos and indeed the mayhem sometimes on our roads. It has not escaped me and as supporters of the party, I hear the complaints from you as well. We have put together a set of plans to address this, starting next year.”
He said that smart technology will be used to quickly detect road users who are breaching the Road Traffic Act, with cameras being installed at all stoplights throughout the Corporate Area as well as rural and urban townships.
This, according to the Prime Minister, will be done with the aid of the private sector, with the law having been already modified to allow for the prosecution of violators of the road traffic act by electronic means.
Holness added: "There must be order on our roads. Next year we have discussed with the commission of police the start of 0 tolerance areas. There are some places in Jamaica where you have to consider critical public spaces. If there is chaos in those areas, it affects everywhere else."
“One place comes to mind and you will agree Half-Way Tree. If Half-Way-Tree is the centre of our city and critical public space, it can’t be chaos.
“So I have told the commissioner and the commissioner is already putting in place those plans, that Half-Way-Tree must be one of the first places, in which the policy of zero tolerance for breaches of the road traffic act and all the other laws for public order must be instituted."