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Accidents waiting to happen

Published:Wednesday | January 14, 2015 | 12:00 AM


Each night as I drive along the dual carriageway on Washington Boulevard in St Andrew, I am petrified that I am going to hit the median and overturn. It is very difficult to see as oncoming traffic usually has on their bright lights.

This, though, is not the issue. The issue is the lack of sufficient lighting on our thoroughfares, thus necessitating motorists using their bright lights.

It is no excuse to say that the coffers do not have sufficient funds to install basic infrastructure because motorists are paying their fair (or not so fair) share of taxes and are entitled to safe commute. The problem with the medians is that they are not luminescent and are practically invisible to motorists.

I dread for any tourist who is brave enough to attempt to drive in Jamaica; the buses and taxi men are one thing, the potholes and lack of signage another, but I would like to add this to the list. If I traverse these roads every day and fear for lack of vision, what say a poor, unsuspecting tourist who stumbles upon an unlit median?

If street lamps are not affordable in the short term, can reflective lights, as are on the Highway 2000, be used? I feel this is an urgent matter. These unlit medians are accidents waiting to happen.

Cathay-Ann McFarlane