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New top traffic cop aims to slam brakes on road fatalities

Published:Saturday | September 20, 2014 | 9:00 AM

Sheldon Williams, Staff Reporters

Senior Superintendent of Police Calvin Allen is the new man tasked with leading the Jamaica Constabulary Force's Traffic Division. He has only been in the hot seat for two weeks, but has already identified priority areas of focus as he strives to reduce road fatalities, among other things.

He took command days after the nation recorded 18 road deaths in one week - between August 28 and September 3 - but Allen is confident that under his command, carnage will be cut significantly.

" One of the first things that greeted me is the fatalities on the road. I have got the data, I did my analysis of the data, and we know where most of the accidents are occurring and the reasons for the carnage," he said.

Excess speeding, drivers failing to keep left, and pedestrian errors have been identified by him as the main factors that result in road fatalities.

He has formed an itinerant enforcement team tasked with monitoring the use of roads islandwide.

"We will be going across the island, conducting enforcement activities geared towards making our roads safer … , all geared towards protecting the various road users, " he outlined.

He said police statistics show that most crashes occur on the weekend between 6 p.m. and midnight, and so he has formulated a deployment strategy to reduce them.

"And so our deployment strategies have been designed to counter what has been happening and cut down on the indiscipline that has been happening," Allen said.

He emphasised that electronic surveillance is the necessary mechanism needed by cops to better monitor roads. "