Sep 23, 2011 Letters
On September 14, I was on my way home in the regular afternoon rush hour traffic over the Demerara Harbour Bridge; traffic was heavy, the female Special Constable was directing the traffic. Up comes this guy with a black Tacoma bearing the number plate GNN1885. He was instructed to wait as he was poking his way through the traffic, he wind down his window and verbally abused the female rank on duty, telling her to go and put on a sleeve and then talk to him.
He then disobeyed her orders to wait his turn in the line. This guy bullied his way through the traffic, overtaking vehicles on the bridge; there was no double lane as traffic was flowing both ways. I was curious to get his license plate but he kept poking his way ahead.
It was not until the vehicle stopped at the junction I got a quick look at the license plate. His immature behaviour could have caused accidents to vehicles approaching in the opposite lane.
I think males should work along on the bridge with females because of some errant delinquent drivers and their disrespect for the females. Security can be seen at both crossings of the bridge, but what about the middle of the bridge? There is also a sign on the bridge boldly proclaiming NO OVERTAKING.
There is need also for either another bridge across the Demerara River or a road; this one bridge cannot take off the traffic load. When the bridge opens traffic is at a stand still. Government should build a bridge high enough that does not have to open for vessels to pass under the bridge.
Secondly, the just completed La Penitence Public road is a death zone; drivers hardly want to stop for pedestrians and other vehicles to cross. Since that road opened I witnessed two accidents where speeding vehicles hit persons down, one was a child, the other an adult the man who was in the corner. This vehicle hit the man. Then the occupants of the car exited and before rendering assistance, asked the man if he is blind and if he was not watching where he going.
After much protest by some persons who rushed to the man’s aid, the occupants of the car drove off with the man. I would recommend that the government place a stop light at La Penitence Public road and Sussex Street. I had to cross some children over the road. Even on stop signs they want to kill you. There is no regards for the road or human lives at all.
Thirdly, I compliment the Housing Ministry for helping people to become home owners. Dairy is a much developed community, but the transportation woes one has to face in the mornings and evenings getting to work and home is tiresome. Some of the drivers look at face and customers, while many are left stranded on the road.
The transportation woes need urgent attention; public transportation is a headache. When the drivers feel like stopping, they do.
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