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Custos of St Thomas, Marcia Bennett, has cited a need for the authorities to look deeply into the likely implications of incidents like Tuesday’s bloody crash in Albion in the parish that claimed the lives of three men.
Bennett said the matter needs consideration ahead of the pending completion of the Southern Coastal Highway leg through the parish.
In noting reports that the crash occurred on a section of roadway that has not yet been opened for motorists to travel on, she cited the incident as being indicative of the level of indiscipline that can be expected along the highway when it is completed.
Speaking with Loop News on Thursday, the custos said there is far too much indiscipline among motorists across the parish at present, and that will most likely increase significantly with the opening of a brand new highway through St Thomas.
“There is too much indiscipline on the roadways right now, so you can just imagine how it will be when the pretty, new highway comes into the picture,” said Bennett.
“So, I am urging the authorities to begin to plan to significantly beef up policing along the completed highway, as from my understanding, there is an inadequate number of personnel for that purpose now, and the challenges will, no doubt, significantly increase with the new roadway in place,” she added.
She said the police in the parish will likely need more manpower to adequately relate to the traffic challenges on the highway upon its completion.
In welcoming the development and the many positives which it is expected to bring to the parish, she said “good planning for details like terrible driving habits on the main roadway will be critical to reaping the benefits to come from its construction, without too much of the pain and suffering from many more horrific tragedies along the way.”
She appealed for the parish’s policing outlay relative to traffic management to be seriously considered “before much more stark realities hit us relative to tragedies on the new roadway”.
On Tuesday, the three persons, a taxi operator, an accountant and a security guard, died from a two-vehicle crash in the parish.
The deceased have been identified by the police as 61-year-old accountant Errol Taylor, who was of a Pembroke Hall address in St Andrew; taxi operator Morice Hinds, 41; and 29-year-old Tamoy Delisser, a security guard.
Hinds was from Retreat in St Thomas, and Delisser from Heartease district, also in St Thomas.
Reports are that about 6:40pm, Hinds was driving a Toyota Probox motorcar towards Yallahs, when at a certain point he attempted to overtake a motor vehicle.
His vehicle subsequently collided with another Toyota Probox that was on the opposite side of the roadway, the police said.
The police were summoned and upon observation, it was revealed that both vehicle operators had failed to adhere to the road closure sign that was erected and in place.
Some 12 persons who were injured, including two children, were transported to hospital for treatment, with Hinds and Taylor being pronounced dead initially, then Delisser later succumbed to his injuries.
Investigations are ongoing into the incident.
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