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Tuesday, December 10, 2013
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Chaguanas traffic unbearable
The traffic situation has now become intolerable at peak hours in Chaguanas. Last Friday, following the freak storm, commuters were stuck for more than three hours. A daily trip into and out of the city centre, which should be no more than 10-20 minutes, takes almost an hour. On Friday, given that the weather was an aberration, there were no police officers in sight. In a case as this, one would have thought that the officers, including traffic wardens, would be out in full force. They were not there as motorists stewed in the chaotic situation.
I called the Chaguanas Police Station and was told that they were flooded out. But shouldn’t that have been a good enough reason to get off their laurels and hit the streets? Have you recently seen a policeman in a raincoat? That was a thing of the past. When the sun is hot they can be seen sheltering in some corner in batches oblivious to the inconvenience caused by their lack of presence on the roads.
And when are we going to do away with traffic officers walking the streets with clipboards in hand? This only serves to reduce their capacity to perform as efficiently as they should. Often times they are seen with a clipboard in one hand and a cell phone in the other. Now tell me, how can an officer in such a situation be effective?
A traffic ticket should be no larger than the size of a wallet that can be accommodated in one’s back pocket, as is seen in North America and other countries. As a stakeholder in the Borough of Chaguanas, I am offering my services to assist the authorities in improving the traffic logjam that has now become a part of the norm of the nation’s fastest-growing town centre. The time lost to and from work can be transformed into more useful time.
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