KINGSTON — Motorists who opt to drive drunk or break the speed limit this holiday season will face the full onslaught of the Traffic Police and the National Road Safety Council’s revved up road safety drive for the 2012 Christmas season.
A day before Christmas, traffic police have cautioned motorists to brace themselves as the authorities flood the streets to keep road fatalities to a minimum.
“The holidays are here, police will be stepping up their clampdown on all those motorists who are planning to go to parties and drink, and to others who feel that they do not have to follow rules and regulation,” said Radcliffe Lewis, head of the Traffic Department.
“Let this be a warning to motorists that the next few days the police will be out on the road like never before,” warned Detective Inspector Collin Milanese of the Traffic Department as he led his team out on the streets Saturday.
This warning came less than 12 hours after two men were killed and six others injured in two separate motor vehicle crashes in Kingston.
In the first incident, Reynaldo Pike, 25-year-old truck driver of Cockburn Gardens, Kingston 11 was killed and another man injured in a motorcycle accident on the Temple Hall main road in St Andrew.
The Stony Hill Police say Pike lost control of the cycle, fell, and was run over by an oncoming motor car. His pillion also sustained injuries and was taken to hospital. The driver of the motor car was unhurt but has since been warned for prosecution pending the outcome of further investigations.
In the second incident, 55-year-old Sylvester Staple was killed while a woman and five children – ages ranging from two to 15-years-old sustained injuries in a two-vehicle collision at the intersection of Marcus Garvey Drive and Industrial Terrace in Kingston Saturday night. (Observer)