Almost invariably, sprinter Usain Bolt is at the head of the pack on the track, but last Sunday he became just another statistic on the road. Bolt's early morning accident in Half-Way Tree, when his car hit a guard rail, reinforces what a 10-year analysis of accidents across Jamaica has shown - Half-Way Tree had the most crashes, 3,674. central downtown Kingston was second in the accident ranking.
"Take it up to my farm and let me see how it reacts there!" That was the challenge St Ann farmer Sylvester Setal threw out to Kingston Industrial Garage Limited, local authorised Ford dealers, after test driving the 2012 Ford Ranger at Caymanas Estates recently.
While there is some attention paid to the Noise Abatement Act, which stipulates regulations (admittedly applied ad hoc in practice) for the times and volume at which music can be played, no attention seems to have been paid to motor vehicles.
Thanks to government regulation and gas-price gyrations, the motors that move America's cars and trucks are shrinking. Whether they drive hulking pick-ups or family sedans, Americans are increasingly choosing smaller engines that use less fuel, especially four-cylinder models that offer more horsepower than was possible just a few years ago.