Increase traffic policing
September 25, 2011
We will never have an effective Road Safety Council unless we have an effective police service.
The way I see it, there is no control of our roads by our police service now.
Any road user can ride/drive as fast as they like these days with impunity.
Traffic signs painted on roads such as “go slow, reduce speed, speed bumps”, are not adhered to anymore.
To alleviate the situation I would suggest;
1. Reintroduce the radar gun (we already have the signs in place).
2. Stop all this “third-laneing”. These motorcyclists overtake you on the left- or right-hand sides of cars waiting for the traffic lights to change.
3. Employ our motorcycle police officers on our roads 24/7. They only seem to come out in force if our Governor has to attend our Parliament, etc.
4. Have more foot patrols in Hamilton by police officers at times when double parking is at a premium, like just before finishing of any working day.
My solution for a better control of our roads is;
1. Increase our police budget by half as much again.
2. Increase the numbers of motorcycle police officers by some 30 motorcycles, 10 in Western, 10 in Central and 10 in Eastern districts 24/7.
3. All the monies taken in by our police service such as any traffic offences should go directly into our police budget, not into the Government general fund.
I'm sure if these traffic offences monies were to go into the police budget and not into Government's general funds, you would see a noticeable effect in our police service.
PETER BROMBY Sr