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Superintendent of Police outlined challenges at post election victory motorcade


by Eulana Weekes

St.Kitts and Nevis (WINN): The victory motorcade for the St.Kitts-Nevis Labour Party was considered to be the biggest motorcade in the history of St.Kitts and Nevis. The line of vehicles participating in the motorcade formed a complete ring around the island. The motorcade was held on Monday, August 8 2022.

Superintendent of Police in the Royal St. Christopher and Nevis Police Force, Mr Cromwell Henry said there were some challenges encountered during the motorcade, which need to be rectified when another is held.

“Of course there were some challenges in terms of managing the flow of the motorcade, but the thing that we really frowned upon is the conduct of drivers- a lot of the drivers [were] overtaking. You are in a motorcade, you’re in a procession and because you want to get to a different position in the procession- maybe close to the sound system or maybe closer to the front, persons were just overtaking indiscriminately around corners and in areas that you expect traffic to be coming in the opposite direction; and the road is narrow and it cannot accommodate three lanes of traffic. So, we had situations where people were overtaking. A long line of vehicles was overtaking the line that’s already there in the procession and then they’ll confront a vehicle approaching in the opposite direction, now everybody is stuck. They cannot continue and the person who’s coming in the opposite direction cannot continue and so the whole road is blocked. That is something that transpired and we would really want people in the future to think of what you are really going to do before you do it.”

According to the Superintendent of Police, the issues stemming from the motorcade caused significant delays for individuals going to the airport, some of whom came to the Federation to vote in the August 05 National Assembly Elections.

In addition, the Superintendent identified motorcycles as a problem as well. He said some motorcyclists were rather reckless on the road, which resulted in the injury of a young female who was the pillion rider.

“The motorcycles, too, added to the problem. They were overtaking and riding in and out of the vehicles, hot wheeling as we call it (driving on one wheel). Sometimes there are two persons on the motorcycle and they are riding on one wheel. That was reckless [and] dangerous and it resulted in the serious injury of one young lady who is currently in the ICU (Intensive Care Unit) fighting  for her life.” 

Superintendent Henry is pleading with all cyclists, just like other motorists, to be more considerate of their passengers and other road users and the impact their actions might have on other people or property.

However, Superintendent Henry said the motorcade was successful and ended without any other major incident.


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