BPS to have high-profile policing for National Heroes Day events
Roadside sobriety checks and high-profile policing will be in force for National Heroes Day weekend, police said yesterday.
Chief Inspector Alex Rollin also outlined road closures for Monday, adding that the public could look forward to “a host of carnival-type activities” from this Thursday through the public holiday.
“We also ask that you co-operate with our officers, as we aim to ensure minimal disruption and that everyone is able to enjoy the holiday, without fear for their safety and wellbeing,” he said.
Mr Rollin highlighted the J’Ouvert, set for 3am to 9am on Monday, followed by the Revel de Road parade of bands.
The Corporation of Hamilton and the Ministry of Public Works have issued traffic notices for the J’Ouvert celebration, with revellers heading out from Bernard Park in Pembroke, turning left on Marsh Folly Road, then left on Cedar Avenue and left on Angle Street to finish back at the park.
The Revel de Road procession will set off at 11am with three laps in Devonshire and Pembroke, resulting in further road closures.
The first lap runs from Frog Lane to Parsons Road, followed by North Street and then Dutton Avenue.
The second lap proceeds from Dutton Avenue to Marsh Folly Road and through Black Watch Pass to North Shore Road, up to the Palmetto Road roundabout.
The third lap of the Revel heads from the Palmetto Road roundabout along Marsh Folly Road to turn left on Dutton Avenue, finishing at Bernard Park.
Each lap is expected to take about two hours, and motorists should expect delays.
Mr Rollin said a large number of attendees was expected and both events will have a high police visibility, with road policing across the island.
Noise permits have been issued for both events, but he said police would monitor noise and “use our authority under the law to address any noise complaints”.
Mr Rollin advised attendees to travel in a group or in pairs and avoid parking in dark or dimly lit areas. Parked vehicles should not obstruct roads or driveways.
People planning to go out on the water over the holiday should not boat or swim alone.
Mr Rollin advised boat owners to check their radios and ensure safety equipment is up to date.
Police and the Coastguard will monitor a raft-up planned for Saturday at Mangrove Bay in Sandys, scheduled from noon until 6pm.
Road patrols will be in force throughout the long weekend, with roadside sobriety checks and a focus on impaired driving.