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Motorists urged to stop using flashing red and blue lights

Published:Wednesday | July 13, 2016 | 7:00 AM
Senior Superintendent and Commanding Officer of the Traffic and Highway Division, Calvin Allen and Communication Officer in the police's Corporate Communication Unit at a press conference at the Office of the Police Commissioner on Monday.

The police are urging motorists to desist from using flashing lights that copy those of emergency vehicles.

Under the law, emergency lights are to be used only by the police, the Jamaica Fire Brigade, and ambulances. Blue lights are used by the police, while other emergency services use red lights.

The call came from senior superintendent and commanding officer of the Traffic and Highway Division, Jamaica Constabulary Force, Calvin Allen, during a press conference at the Office of the Police Commissioner in St Andrew on Monday.

Allen warned that motorists who continued to carry out this unlawful practice would be prosecuted.

"We are using this opportunity to give all those persons the chance to remove those blue lights from their vehicles. The only vehicle that is supposed to be using a blue light is the police vehicle," he pointed out.

Allen said it had been observed that public passenger vehicles, motorcyclists and, to a lesser extent, other members of the motoring public had been using these lights.

He said the clampdown on these lights forms part of the Jamaica Constabulary Force's 'Night Operation'.

- JIS