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Police issue warning about flashing of emergency lights on political campaign vehicles

Published:Saturday | February 13, 2016 | 11:49 AM

The Police High Command says it has observed that in recent times, campaign vehicles of the two main political parties have been using green and orange flashing lights, similar to the lights used by emergency vehicles.

It says it has also been observed that bus and taxi operators and other members of the motoring public have been using lights, which are most often blue, in a manner that would imitate emergency vehicles, especially the Police.

Both instances represent a breach of the Road Traffic Act.

The only persons who can lawfully use emergency lights are the police, the Jamaica Fire Brigade and ambulances. The Police use blue lights, while other emergency services use red lights.

In addition, having other vehicles using flashing lights may cause unwarranted confusion to road users and may allow criminal elements to deceive the public and impersonate the police and other emergency services.

The Police are advising campaign managers and anyone associated with the political process to implore their supporters to desist from the unlawful practice, as going forward, anyone found guilty of this will be prosecuted.

The general public is also being warned to take heed.