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Danger looms in Washington Blvd darkness

Published:Friday | November 25, 2016 | 12:00 AM


This is an open letter to both the Jamaica Labour Party and the People's National Party.

I live in a town house on Washington Boulevard in Kingston, very close to the Boulevard Baptist Church, and I have no idea who my councillor is.

I have been hearing advertisements recently that councillors are responsible for street lights. Well, whoever this person is, we need street lights on this stretch of road. Washington Boulevard is one of the busiest thoroughfares in Kingston, and driving on this road is extremely dangerous at nights, because motorists cannot see pedestrians when they are crossing. All you see are shadows.

The road has been in total darkness for years now, and neither the Jamaica Public Service Company nor any politician has intervened to help. Instead of fixing the street lights, recently they installed reflectors on the road.

Almost nightly, you can hear the screeching of tyres, then a crash, as accidents are the order of the day - or night. Recently, a bus was involved in an accident, and I understand that someone died from that accident.

Thieves are now enjoying the darkness, as they prey on the pedestrians. When JPS is called to report the matter, representatives are advising that we need to walk from post to post and record the light pole number and advise them.

The darkness stretches from Dunrobin Avenue to the Molynes Road intersection with Washington Boulevard, so I think that is very out of order for JPS to ask residents to do that.

Whoever is responsible, we need HELP.