'Full speed ahead'
Laranzo Dacres, Gleaner Writer
Head of Traffic at the Jamaica Constabulary Force, Superintendent Radcliffe Lewis, said he has no second thoughts after implementing a crackdown on windshield wipers in the Corporate Area two weeks ago.
His comments came amid comments from several members of the public who have not found favour with the move.
"I don't have no second thoughts about it. When you are doing police work and enforcing the law, you can't have second thoughts," Lewis told Automotives in an interview.
"A violation is a violation! A man violates the law, he must be punished," he said.
Lewis said since the crackdown, his team has arrested a number of windshield wipers.
"We have already arrested 29 of them," the traffic boss said. "Out of that, three have been to court and were found guilty. And, each of them were sentenced to 100 community hours."
He said those in court last Thursday morning would be doing their community hours at the Hope Botanic Gardens in St Andrew.
"They must report to the probation officer at 9 every morning to be transported to Hope Gardens until their hours are finished," he stated.
Lewis said the response from female drivers have been "tremendous" and he described them as "being very happy".
"The removal of the windshield wipers has been going excellent. Persons have actually said they are not being harassed at the stop lights," he said. "And we will be continuing to rid the stop lights of them until they are completely eliminated. Then, we will scale down. But right now we are in full force."
Lewis, who assumed the role as head of the police's Traffic Division in August last year, has implemented a number of initiatives in an attempt to reduce illegal activities and misconduct on the roads.