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Are the Jamaican police lazy?

Published:Saturday | March 18, 2017 | 12:00 AM


While sitting in a line of traffic in St Mary on Wednesday waiting to proceed, I saw something that made me pen the headline to this letter.

A policeman was directing traffic through a set of lights (the lights were working, but in the morning rush, you get traffic hold-ups, so sometimes the police take over). He was not alone, as a colleague was by the side of the road. A motorcycle with rider and female pillion, neither of whom was wearing crash helmets, picks its way to the front of the line of cars. The bike pulls to a dead stop, up at the head of the traffic line, some 10 feet away from said policeman.

Does the policeman do anything? No, he waves the rider through with all the other traffic. He did nothing, so in essence, he acquiesced to a person breaking the law.

Seeing this action by a member of the police only served to remind me that anyone, it appears, can break the law in this country with impunity. There was no excuse for the policeman not to act, as he had a colleague who had could take over; the motorcycle had come to a stop in front of him. There was danger to no one.

What more did he need? A written invitation?


St Mary