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Finance Budget from road hogs

Published:Wednesday | June 6, 2012 | 12:00 AM


Most of the evening newscast on Monday, May 29, highlighted the three-day deadly carnage that had occurred islandwide.

The news reported the deadly bus crash in Portmore, St Catherine, in which a student was killed, the weekend accident in Trelawny involving a bus transporting tourists from the Sangster International Airport in Montego Bay to Ocho Rios.

And, there was a three-vehicle collision along Spanish Town Road the night before that claimed a life while an elderly woman was killed in another Trelawny crash. All in an evening's news.

While many buses and taxis continue to flout every road rule, endangering lives by their sheer recklessness, a number of crashes have involved modified motor cars that rip across the island's roads as if at Dover. Are there no legal limits or ramifications in modifying on-the-road motor vehicles above the manufacturer's specifications?

It does appears that such modification gives one the licence to continously drive recklessly.

I strongly believe the Government should backtrack on the proposed tax on books/printed material and basic foods and instead help finance the Budget with the proceeds of traffic fines. From this position, there should be no retreat until we all submit to adhering to the driving codes. Subsequently, valuable human lives might well be spared.