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Red Hills Road race course

Published:Monday | February 19, 2018 | 12:00 AM


I was recently driving down Red Hills Road. It was rush hour, so there was bumper-to-bumper traffic in the opposite direction.

On reaching the corner at Cassia Park, I was shocked to see a taxi speeding towards me on my side of the road. He swerved but could not avoid hitting off my mirror, as there was nowhere for him to go. He squeezed his way through before I could get his licence plate number and sped off (still on the wrong side of the road). As I started to drive off, I was further surprised to see two more taxis hurtling towards me on my side of the road.

The fact that taxi drivers overtake a line of traffic around a blind corner is crazy. The fact that passengers willingly put their lives in the hands of maniac taxi drivers on Red Hills Road, Molynes Road and Hope Road is mind-boggling. The fact that Senior Superintendent Green, who is in charge at the Half-Way Tree Police Station, continues to collect his pay cheque with a straight face is a sad joke.

The fact that this recklessness has continued for years can only suggest that the taxis either belong to members of the Jamaica Constabulary Force or the police are collecting a weekly 'stipend' from taxi drivers on these routes.