The Andrew Holness-led Cabinet says it has reminded the Jamaica Constabulary Force, JCF about the critical importance of enforcing the country’s traffic laws in the context of the Government’s zero-tolerance policy for breaches.
The comment from Cabinet follows a controversial incident last week in which Head of the Constabulary’s Public Safety and Traffic Enforcement Branch, P-STEB, Bishop Gary Welsh, faced criticism.
Welsh came under fire for declining to prosecute Dennis Deitrich, who alleged that he was the driver of a Mercedes Benz motorcar which was caught on video being driven recklessly in the Dunrobin area of St. Andrew.
The Assistant Commissioner accepted an apology from Deitrich and a commitment for Detrich to participate in road safety education efforts.
A statement today from the Office of the Prime Minister says Police Commissioner, Major General Antony Anderson and Bishop Welsh met with Cabinet yesterday which was chaired by Prime Minister Andrew Holness.
According to the OPM, Cabinet discussed the importance of equal and consistent enforcement of the road traffic laws against the backdrop of ACP Welsh’s approach to the highly publicized ‘stunt driving incident’.
Additionally, the OPM says Cabinet expressed its concerns about the maintenance of public order and discipline on the roads – as well as the issue of public confidence in the system of law enforcement.
The OPM says Prime Minister Holness also advised the Police Commissioner that he should ensure that adequate arrangements were in place for a smooth start to the new school year as far as traffic management is concerned.