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Reckless taxi drivers a hazard

Published:Wednesday | November 21, 2012 | 12:00 AM


It is no secret that there are persons among us who do not respect the law, have no idea what discipline is and feel that their way is the only way, no matter who is inconvenienced.

Our roads are already congested with long lines during the peak hours. However, this is further compounded by callous taxi drivers hurtling at breakneck speed, creating lines where none exist, cutting in front of other patient motorists, jamming intersections while letting loose verbal attacks.

Furthermore, not only are they endangering other motorists and pedestrians, but their passengers are playing Russian roulette with their lives.

Daily reports of accidents seem not to slow down these reckless cabbies or to get them to realise that their lives, and those of their passengers, are at risk.

I am asking our policemen to please intervene and restore some form of law, order and decency to our roads. In the past, I was accustomed to seeing policemen on the roads at peak hours at the major intersections to help move along the flow of traffic and keep impatient drivers in check.

If possible, this needs to be done every day, not just on a now and then basis. I think of Red Hills Road and Papine Road, in particular, and I know that there are many other thoroughfares out there that would do well with some assistance from our lawmen.

Please, we are asking kindly, before we become another fatality, before another innocent pedestrian is hit down, before we have to wonder again what's the point of rushing out so early to be held up by the antics of the 'new law' on the road.

Let us avoid having another mother cry because she will have to regret sending her child into a taxi.


Kingston 19