How we can ease Diego traffic
is an open letter to Ministers Valley, Rowley and Imbert,
all of whom represent constituents affected by the Diego
Having spent about one-and-a-half hours in traffic last
Tuesday, trying to get into Diego Martin, I have to express
my frustrations about your combined lack of attention to
a very simple problem that affects the lives of more than
1,000 of your constituents every day.
From about 4.30 pm, the traffic into both Diego Martin and
the western peninsula backs up on all access points. The
Foreshore backs up into Wrightson Road, Western Main Road
backs up to Roxy roundabout and Mucurapo Road also goes
The reasons for this are several:
1.The police at Four Roads and St James are unaware that
this problem occurs every afternoon. There are almost never
any officers on the roads, and accordingly, the taxis and
maxi-taxis take the inside verge for a third lane, further
adding to the bottleneck.
2. The Four Roads junction, however, is the single largest
* Traffic entering and exiting the mall.
* Taxis stopping in the road in front of the mall (in front
of the police station who also do not see this).
* The Four Roads traffic light.
* Traffic entering from the western side of the Four Roads
junction (St Finbars side).
* Taxis also stopping at the junction to offload and pick
* Traffic exiting the NP station at Four Roads, and also
traffic patronising the bakery and the car parts store.
All in all, it can be accurately summarised that the usual
daily traffic jam into the entire western peninsula is caused
substantially by the Four Roads junction.
Now what can we do about it?
There are several steps that can be taken immediately that
will offer immediate relief to this problem namely:
* Ensure that there is at least one police officer positioned
on the Foreshore, in front of Victoria villas and at the
junction itself. This will eliminate the taxi population
from using the inside (verge) lane and adding to the bottleneck.
We have the police; use them.
* Ensure that the taxis pull aside into the stopping lane
in front of the mall, and before the junction and do not
stop in an active traffic lane. Once again, simple policing
* Increase the length of the stopping lane in front of the
mall so as to accommodate more taxis.
Some longer term measures can be:
* Acquire the properties on the north west side of the junction
so as to properly construct an access lane from the west
into the main road.
Until this is done, effect the following traffic control
* Close the exit to the mall on the main road from 4 pm
until 8 pm and only allow exit on the western side (leading
to St Finbars)
* Make the same western road (leading to St Finbars)
one way between these hours so as to completely eliminate
access from this road to the Four Roads junction.
* Switch off the traffic light.
Whereas this will cause some inconvenience to the mall shoppers,
they will drive around and enter the Diego Martin traffic
off the Western Main Road, there will be little traffic
since the bottleneck will have been eliminated.
Zebra crossings are for crossing
am in constant conflict with what is right and what is normal/accepted
behaviour in T&T.
The right side of my brain tells me to stop and give way
when I notice pedestrians at a zebra crossing (aka sleeping
Yet, the other side of my brain, the more dominant one,
tells me they are only waiting for a taxi and to just proceed
full speed ahead. I also have to be aware of the cars behind
that may slam into the back of me if I stop abruptly.
It is also unfortunate that the authorities see it fit to
put zebra crossings anywhere they feel.
Specific mention must go to the zebra crossing at Powder
Magazine where, after veering right to enter Diego Martin,
you are suddenly confronted with one. There have been some
improvements, though. The Government has recently been trying
to make these crossings more noticeable to the drivers by
introducing flashing lights at the intersection.
Please, people, dont stand near the crossings if you
are not crossing. And, can the Government, in the future,
please give some thought to where they are placed and educate
the public on their proper use and function.
Media can help the fight
media is a powerful tool and should be taken advantage of
especially in a time of great need.
Even though Ive been away for sometime, I cant
help feel for the people of my place of birth and the evil
that has befallen this country with regards to the kidnapping
crimes. I have many friends and family members living here
and their safety is important.
Please continue to do your very best to constantly confront
this grave situation by publishing, as often as possible,
constructive and conscious awakening information that could
make a difference in at least slowing down or even eliminating
this new wave of terrorism.
Someone out there will take you seriously and, who knows,
could even make it happen.
Give the kidnapping sensation serious coverage. The world
needs to know that a small country like T&T will not
stand for this type of attack on our citizens.
We do care and want to keep our paradise island safe.
Congrats to Anita
wish to congratulate a student who did extremely well in
home economics at the CXC level in June 2005.
When one hears of a successful student, the first thing
that comes to mind is a student from a prestige
school: Naparima, SAGHS, Convent, Bishop Anstey or Presentation.
We have, for years, attributed success to schools that have
a certain social standing or status.
So would it surprise you to find out that this student attends
Fyzabad Composite Secondary School and she topped all other
students in T&T in O-Level home economics? In addition,
she placed third overall in the Caribbean. Her name is Anita
Sookoo and she is currently doing A-Levels at that same
Congratulations, Anita, on your accomplishment. It is nice
to see that the youth of Fyzabad are excelling.
Extra lessons not necessary
the primary schoolteacher who wrote the article, Children
benefit from extra lessons:
Let me first respond by hoping that you were not present
at any of the workshops conducted for the retraining of
primary schoolteachers. If you were present, then you may
have missed most of the ideas presented.
You pointed out that each person is an individual and performs
at different levels. This is quite correct, but what you
seem to not understand is that it should be your goal as
a teacher to ensure that children, who all learn in different
ways, perform at the same level.
Effective teachers understand this and accept the enormous
challenge. This involves using different teaching strategies
aimed at students of different abilities.
Obviously, from your statement, Children who are average
and below average are the ones targeted for extra lessons
you teach solely for the above-average students. Unfortunately,
many teachers fall into this easy way of teaching and anyone
can teach above-average children.
It is, however, the good teacher who can reach all students.
So, primary schoolteacher, I suggest that you educate yourself
by attending some of the excellent workshops available and
that keep up-to-date with articles on education.
Primary schoolteachers need to reflect on their role and
on the importance they play in the lives of these students.
Teach your students that having pride in being a good teacher
is more important than obtaining money from extra lessons.
Your students will respect you for that.
Steven A White