Monday 15 July, 2019

Mentally-ill person destroying traffic lights, says NWA

A person of unsound mind is suspected to be deliberately vandalising signal cabinets, a scenario that has left several busy intersections in the Corporate Area without functioning traffic light, the National Works Agency (NWA) has said.

The NWA said on Wednesday 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.

According to the agency, 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. 

Among the locations that are currently affected are 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 incidents 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,” the NWA said.

It is also 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,” it said.

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