Jamaica News: The police will increase their presence in major towns in western Jamaica, in an effort to deal with the increased traffic that is anticipated when the new school year begins on Monday, September 3.
Speaking with JIS News, Head of Area One, which covers Trelawny, St. James, Hanover and Westmoreland, Assistant Commissioner of Police (ACP), Donovan Graham, said that beginning September 3, administrative functions will be scaled back in the mornings to facilitate the deployment of additional police officers to major towns to man busy intersections.
“People are anticipating increased traffic, so they become very anxious and in trying to achieve going towards their destination, you find them blocking up the intersection and [some] persons driving without due care,” ACP Graham said.
He is appealing to motorists to refrain from disobeying the Road Traffic Act and to obey the instructions of police personnel.
“The police will be out there to guide the process and to ensure that we have a very smooth start to the school year,” ACP Graham said.
He is warning operators of public passenger vehicles not to overcrowd buses, and to transport students safely to and from their destinations.
In the meantime, ACP Graham said special attention will be paid to bus parks, and students will be properly monitored to ensure their safety and security throughout the academic year.
“Our community safety and security members will be out in full force. What we will be doing is paying attention to the bus stops; we will also be paying attention to students who are going back to school,” he noted.
Source: JIS News