I have serious concerns about the traffic regulations at the Demerara Harbour Bridge. The problems mostly occur at bridge retraction or peak hour. Vehicles are allowed in several lanes, but only one can access the paying booth at a time. This point is where the problems begin. There are bullying and minor crashes with damage to mirrors, lights and bumpers. Similar incidents occur daily from the western end. Although there are Police present, they themselves do little or nothing to regulate these incidents. In fact, the Police seem to be part of the lawlessness. Several vehicles are allowed to pass all those in the line and cut in front. There is widespread “cutting in”, especially from minibuses and hire cars. For too long this lawlessness has been allowed until it has become part of a culture of what takes place daily.
These incidents have the potential to end in serious violence. I have had several incidents, which almost ended that way. But I must say I am fearful to the extent that I have started preparing to defend myself in any such event. There should be no such fear if proper management and regulation take place.
The Demerara Harbour Bridge and the Guyana Police Force must bear responsibility for what happens at peak hours and during retraction.