Zero tolerance on Jamaica roads

Jamaican Commissioner of Police Lucius Thomas has again warned motorists who break the Road Traffic Act that law enforcement officers will be coming after them with a zero-tolerance approach.

Speaking at the funeral of Superintendent Cornelius Walker of Area Four, who succumbed to injuries on September 3, following a motor vehicle accident, Commissioner Thomas said that the law must take its course to deal with problems on the road, where drivers take charge of the road as if they have no knowledge to do better.

The commissioner told the hundreds who gathered at the Portmore Seventh-day Adventist Church that there needs to be a unified approach to curb the problem of speeding.

“I am asking that all law enforcement officers, be it traffic or otherwise, have a zero-tolerance approach where irresponsible behaviour on the road is concern, or there will be many more families such as Mr. Walker’s, grieving.”

He said it’s not only in the case of a policeman’s death where this must be looked into as many persons were meeting their death because someone broke a traffic light, stop sign or ignored one-way signs.

Walker died after serving the Jamaica Constabulary Force for more than 30 years. He was 55.

Superintendent Walker was laid to rest after a well-attended funeral. The outside and inside of the church were transformed into a kaleidoscope of colour with family, friends, and colleagues paying their last respects to the lawman.

Mr. Walker was remembered by family as a provider, a father, an officer, a gentleman and also a friend. Several persons echoed the sentiments of his goodwill throughout the proceedings. He has left behind a widow, and three children. His body was interred at Amity district, Westmoreland.

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