The Police say they have been suggesting, for some time now, that vending on Market Street and in the areas surrounding the Public Market be carried out on one side of the road only.
Therefore, the Head of the Traffic Department, Assistant Superintendent of Police Rodney Ellis, says his Department will be working closely with the relevant stakeholders to ensure this change is carried out.
Rodney’s comments follow the accident of Wednesday, April 14, which involved a minivan that knocked over several produce stands on Market Street and ploughed into nine people.
Ellis says that public safety is his Department’s top priority and, therefore, what can be done to protect residents will be done.
According to ASP Ellis, since the sidewalks are now being occupied by vendors, pedestrians must resort to walking in the road, sometimes competing with flowing traffic.
He says this is a dangerous situation.
Meanwhile, Ellis is appealing to motorists to observe the speed limits and to avoid using cell phones while driving in order to avoid accidents.
He says, also, that the Traffic Department has had to deal with several issues of illegal parking in and around St. John’s, which can pose a hazard, as well.