Police reporting a significant reduction in road fatalities for 2017
Head of the Traffic and Highway Division of the Jamaica Constabulary Force (JCF), Senior Superintendent Calvin Allen, has indicated that despite not succeeding in keeping road fatalities below the goal of 300 last year, there were less fatalities in 2017, in comparison to recently previous years.
Speaking with Loop News, he pointed to a total of 320 road fatalities for 2017, down from 361 in 2016.
“The results came about as a result of hard work and a high level of collaboration between men and women from the Police Traffic Division, the Motorised Patrol and the Island Traffic Authority,” Allen said.
He said with a the high level of police presence and other measures strategically put in place in targeted spaces across the island, there were 30 less collisions on the roads across the island, in comparison to the previous year.
Allen said as part of the clampdown for 2017, a total of 500,000 tickets were issued for the year for various traffic violations.
“A Total of 63,000 more tickets were issued in 2017 than the previous year,” Allen outlined.
Going forward, he warned that the police will be intensifying their efforts for 2018.
But despite the achievements, the Police Traffic Department Division has come under harsh criticism at the beginning of the year following two separate incidents on the Palisadoes Road in East Kingston that resulted in a massive traffic pile-up that caused delays for both arriving and departing passengers and crews relative to the nearby Norman Manley International Airport (NMIA).
The gridlock was caused by patrons parking disorderly to ring in the New Year and to attend a party called ‘Sandz’ on the Palisadoes strip.
The development triggered a call from National Security Minister, Robert Montague, for Police Commissioner George Quallo to provide a report on what caused the major traffic congestion on the sole route to the NMIA.
The preliminary report submitted by the police commissioner was later rejected by the minister, who said it was inadequate and disappointing.
In a statement to the media, Montague said the report did not meet the standards which the Jamaican public has come to expect of the Jamaica Constabulary Force (JCF).
Montague said the commissioner did not address questions that he had put to him.
A new report was submitted to the minister on Friday.