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Let Jamaica be for Jamaicans

Published:Thursday | July 29, 2021 | 12:10 AM


I am compelled to write this letter from sheer desperation. My question for the Government and stakeholders in the tourism industry is when will Jamaica be for Jamaicans?

Living close to Negril we have accommodated various developments on the roadways that have slowed the flow of traffic on the ‘Beach Road’. However, the installation of the new speed bumps has turned a 15-minute drive from Orange Bay to Negril into an hour-plus drive. Bumper-to-bumper traffic is now commonplace on the road and traffic has slowed to a crawl.

Now, I understand the thought process that may have led to this solution to speeding on the beach road, but this is causing major inconvenience to the everyday citizen who has to travel on this roadway. What will happen to schoolchildren who have to travel along this roadway to school, what happens when there is an emergency? There is only one fire station between Negril and Lucea; hospitals are only in Savanna-la-Mar and Lucea. Was there any consideration for Jamaicans when the decision was made to introduce these speed bumps on to the roadway? Tourism is Jamaica’s ‘bread and butter’ but tourism should not come before the comfort and convenience of citizens of this country.

Finally, we have endured stop lights, islands and other measures but these new speed bumps are unbearable. Removal of these speed bumps and the development of proper sidewalks would be an appropriate measure to ensure safety along the roadway. The productivity and convenience of citizens come before any tourist dollar.