Wednesday 19 December, 2018

Traffic flow and other matters were factored into latest SOE - Holness

Prime Minister Andrew Holness announces the declaration of a state of public emergency for sections of Kingston and St Andrew. Also pictured (from left) are Dr Horace Chang, Minister of National Security; Major General Antony Anderson, Commissioner of Police; and Major General Rocky Meade, Chief of Defence Staff.

Prime Minister Andrew Holness announces the declaration of a state of public emergency for sections of Kingston and St Andrew. Also pictured (from left) are Dr Horace Chang, Minister of National Security; Major General Antony Anderson, Commissioner of Police; and Major General Rocky Meade, Chief of Defence Staff.

Among other outlines, Prime Minister Andrew Holness has indicated that the flow of traffic was considered during the planning for the state of emergency for sections of Kingston and St Andrew.

The state of emergency comes amid several traffic diversions in the Corporate Area because of major ongoing roadworks.

“There are options for how the security forces can position their checkpoints without interfering with the (traffic) flow through the communities. Much of the traffic coming through the area would have already been checked out of another state of emergency,” said the prime minister at a press briefing at Jamaica House on Sunday morning. Sections of the briefing are presented in the video below.

 

 

During the briefing, Holness said significant planning went into the declaration and the Government considered several factors, including:

•  The traffic flows through the affected areas;

•  The commercial flows in the market district;

•  The back-to-school period;

•  The hurricane season; and

•  The period leading up to the Christmas holidays

The prime minister said many of the routes dissect communities, and many of them bypass communities, but the security forces will work assiduously to ensure that the traffic flows smoothly.

 The motoring public is being advised to have windows down while travelling through the areas under the state of emergency.

 Holness also restated that the state of emergency is not being used as a knee-jerk response to the crime problem.

“The Government has developed a national strategic plan to address crime and violence, and we are moving methodologically, deliberately and instrumentally to execute the plan,” he stated.

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