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Montague rejects Commissioner's report on airport road traffic gridlock

Published:Wednesday | January 3, 2018 | 7:06 PMJerome Reynolds
This screen grab of a video posted on social media shows a man walking through traffic along the Palisadoes strip towards the airport with a suitcase on his head.

National Security Minister Robert Montague has rejected a preliminary report by Police Commissioner George Quallo on the traffic nightmare on the Palisadoes Road in Kingston, calling it inadequate and disappointing.

It was total gridlock along the roadway on Monday night as patrons attending a party blocked the road for several hours causing delays for arriving and departing passengers to the nearby Norman Manley International Airport.

The road provides the only vehicular access to the airport.

In a statement to the media today, Montague said the report did not meet the standards which the Jamaican public has come to expect of the Jamaica Constabulary Force (JCF).

Montague also said the commissioner did not address questions he put to him.

Noting that there needs to be a fulsome account to the public, the national security minister said the police personnel at the location cannot be held solely responsible for the inadequate planning that would have gone into preparations for the event.

Montague also said he expects the Police High Command to demonstrate the level of accountability that is required in the circumstances.

The National Security Minister reminded the Police Commissioner that he has sole operational command and control of the police force, insisting that someone must be held accountable for Monday’s traffic pile-up.

Montague has granted the Police Commissioner’s request for more time to prepare a comprehensive report, which he says he expects by Friday.

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