Old Harbour Rd Clash Claims Four Lives

Two taxi drivers who were involved in a motor vehicle crash on the weekend which killed four people have a total of 62-unpaid traffic tickets.

Five other persons, including the two drivers, who were hurt in the accident remain in hospital this afternoon.

A policeman and a soldier are also among the five who sustained critical injuries.

A statement today from the Transport Ministry said one driver, whose license is just one year old, accounts for 12 of the unpaid tickets.

The other driver accounts for the remaining 50. He accumulated them over a 6-year period.

The drivers are expected to face multiple criminal charges. The Transport Ministry says the two vehicles were not licensed to be operating as taxis.

The Ministry is also reporting that speeding and overtaking were the major factors why the crash took place.

In the meantime, Transport Minister, Mike Henry, says he’s troubled by the findings of the probe into the crash.

Minister Henry says it’s unfortunate that the passengers in the two illegally-operated vehicles placed themselves in danger. He says the commuting public have been cautioned to desist from taking illegal taxis.

Minister Henry says he believes the crash could have easily been avoided. He says it’s clear some drivers of motor vehicles have no regard for the laws governing the usage of our nation’s roads.

Minister Henry says he’s moving to have critical changes made to the process by which driver’s licenses are issued in Jamaica.

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