Please allow me to bring to the public attention, the lawless behaviour of our supposed disciplined forces driving on the Demerara Harbour Bridge. On a daily basis, some motorists believed to be policemen, soldiers and other government personnel can be seen breaking all the rules on this important river crossing while driving to work in the morning and returning in the afternoon. When there is single lane in the morning, they continue overtaking all the other vehicles that are supposed to follow the rules. They would speed up in the other lane endangering the lives of the bridge security personnel who stand at various points on the bridge. These bridge officials on many occasions have to take evasive actions, otherwise they will be plowed down. Most times, they would overtake and just jump in front of vehicles who were patiently in the line thus forcing the law abiding drivers to avoid a collision. There have even been cases of scratches and scrapes to other vehicles that are not reported because the perpetrators are believed to be policemen and soldiers who would intimidate decent citizens.
One wonders if there is a war going on with Guyana and other countries that cause the police and soldiers to move with this urgency while in the process endangering the lives of the bridge security, the lives of decent drivers, damage to property and their own lives. No wonder, some of the members of the disciplined forces have been in the news for all the wrong reasons. Bribery, extortion, kidnapping, hitmen, banditry and rape have become side jobs for some. All Guyanese have a right to equally cross the harbour bridge in a turn system because all are contributing tax that pay these same people.
The Harbour Bridge is an important connection and any disruption to the flow of traffic caused by accidents and other infringements will heavily affect the economics of the country overall and livelihood of the citizens. Many times there is standstill on the bridge because of accidents.
It seems that the bridge officials are totally helpless to curb the situation. But one day, God forbid, some decent driver will lose patience and tolerance and take matters in his or her own hands and one may wonder what one man can do. But just remember not so long ago how much expense and pressure the Government faced when the tug and barge hit the bridge.
Sometimes, one needs to curb his or her supposed entitlement, large ego, bullyism and selfishness as displayed by some and witnessed by thousands of drivers on a daily basis.
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