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St James reckless drivers to pay for damaging street lights

Published:Tuesday | September 8, 2015 | 9:44 AM
Tourism minister Dr Wykeham McNeill says after discussions with the police, the National Works Agency and the Mayor of Montego Bay, a decision was taken to recover the cost of the damage from the insurance of the culpable motorists.

Tourism minister, Dr Wykeham McNeill says motorists involved in crashes that damage street lights along the Elegant Corridor in St James will have to pay for their replacement or repair.

McNeill notes that the lights which were commissioned into service in July are being destroyed at an alarming rate by reckless drivers.

According to him, since their installation, there have been about nine accidents which have resulted in several of the lights being knocked down.

He says the state cannot be asked to replace the lights, which were provided at a cost of $248.4 million.

McNeill says after discussions with the police, the National Works Agency and the Mayor of Montego Bay, a decision was taken to recover the cost of the damage from the insurance of the culpable motorists.

However, the transport and works ministry has been seeking legal advice on the matter.

Earlier this year minister without portfolio in the ministry, Dr Morais Guy, said consideration was being given to charging motorists for the repair of damage to road furniture across the island.