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  • The police are urging motorists not to use the escape lanes on the North South Highway (Linstead bypass to Moneague) for exiting purposes.
  • This has contributed to delays on the roadway that was recently opened to the public.
  • Two ‘escape’ lanes are on the highway to be used if vehicles experience mechanical problems or other emergencies.

The police are urging motorists not to use the escape lanes on the North South Highway (Linstead bypass to Moneague) for exiting purposes, as this has so far contributed to delays on the roadway that was recently opened to the public.

Head of the Linstead Police Division, Deputy Superintendent (DSP) Dwayne Wellington, said two ‘escape’ lanes are on the highway to be used if vehicles experience mechanical problems or other emergencies and want to make a stop. He informed that the police will be using all communication means to educate the motorists to read the signs, and obey the instructions.

The DSP explained that the escape lanes are covered with gravel to slow the speed of vehicles in emergency cases, and many motorists are getting stuck in the lanes and causing “unnecessary delays for unsuspecting motorists.”

“Motorists must the read the signs, obey the road code, and drive within the limit. The signs are there saying it is an ‘escape lane’, but for some reason they have it otherwise,” he added. Mr. Wellington is also encouraging motorists to have their vehicles in good order as there is a steep hill on the road.

“The hill is about 2 kilometres, so it will put pressure on your vehicle if it is not properly serviced. In terms of the (traffic) flow, it is a very welcomed break, as it could take you from half an hour to half a day around Mount Rosser, if there is an accident. It is very good,” he said.

The opening of the Mount Rosser bypass is expected to reduce travel time from Linstead to Moneague by 40 per cent. Completion of the highway segment, from Caymanas to Ocho Rios, will cut the current hour and a half travel time to about 45 minutes.