Monday 16 December, 2019

Strict enforcement of traffic laws for JLP conference, cops warn

File photo of Labourites traveling on a bus. Ahead of the JLP conference on Sunday, the police have warned drivers not to allow passengers to hang from the doors of motor buses among other violations.

File photo of Labourites traveling on a bus. Ahead of the JLP conference on Sunday, the police have warned drivers not to allow passengers to hang from the doors of motor buses among other violations.

The Jamaica Constabulary Force (JCF) is warning motorists travelling to the public session of the Jamaica Labour Party's (JLP) Annual Conference at the National Arena on Sunday that all provisions of the Road Traffic Act will be strictly enforced.

In particular, drivers are warned not to allow passengers to hang from the doors of motor buses, sit on top of motor vehicles, or have any part of the body protruding from motor vehicles, according to a statement issued by the JCF on Thursday.

Drivers are also urged to ensure that they obey the speed limit and desist from dangerous and careless driving on the roads.

Additionally, the police are advising that no offensive weapons will be allowed inside the National Arena. Among the banned items, according to the statement, are firearms, knives, ice picks, machetes, long umbrellas, glass bottles or any other items that can be used to cause serious harm or injury.

The police also said no vending will be allowed outside of the designated areas and no provision will be made for the storage of prohibited or restricted items at the venue.

And the JCF has also advised that several traffic changes will be implemented beginning at 8:00 am on Sunday, to facilitate the smooth staging of the event. These are as follows:

BEFORE THE EVENT

At 8 am, Arthur Wint Drive will be one way easterly towards the National Stadium. Motorists travelling from this direction will turn left onto Roosevelt Avenue, right on to Stanton Terrace, right on to Mountain View Avenue, right on to Arthur Wint Drive and into the car park.

Only vehicles with VIP passes will be allowed to enter Roosevelt Avenue towards the National Stadium, while only people attending the event will be allowed to enter Arthur Wint Drive from Mountain View Avenue.

There will be no through way along Arthur Wint Drive between gates E4 to the Bob Marley Statue at the intersection of Roosevelt Avenue. The area will be sterile and available only to pedestrian traffic.

Residents of Stadium Gardens will be able to leave and enter the community by using Arthur Wint Drive as a one way heading easterly only.

The police have also advised that VIPs will enter through gate E1, E10 and Indoor Access and park in that general area. Regular attendees will park in the general parking area, which will be accessed via gates E4- E8 and the KSAC Car Park across from the Stadium Car Park.

No parking will be allowed on the following roads: Roosevelt Avenue, Arthur Wint Drive, Latham Avenue, Stanton Terrace, and Mountain View Avenue.

In addition, motorists will be asked to position their vehicles facing the directions where the traffic will flow after the event to assist with traffic flow after the conference.

AFTER THE EVENT

Arthur Wint Drive will be one way westerly from gate E4 towards Tom Redcam Avenue.

Roosevelt Avenue will be one way northerly towards Stanton Terrace.

Arthur Wint Drive from E5 will be one way easterly towards Mountain View Avenue.

Latham Avenue will be one way north-westerly towards Old Hope Road.

Motorists travelling on North and Central avenues towards Arthur Wint Drive will only be allowed to turn right on to Arthur Wint Drive.

For about 45 minutes after the event, residents of Stadium Gardens will be able to exit the community by turning left on to Arthur Wint Drive but will not be able to enter or re-enter the community.

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