Help or Hinder


Guyana’s Traffic Police

Yesterday there was a traffic-jam at the Regent and Avenue of the Republic intersection (mainly because the minibuses were clogging it up), there was a traffic cop standing on the corner just staring, I mean literally just staring at the glob of non-moving, horn-blowing vehicles at the junction.

It was amazing to me that I came down the road heading south and pulled up at the traffic light (I was now at the head of the queue at the light), there were two vehicles remaining in the line to cross over heading west, as well as several in the lane to my right attempting to turn west.  The light being Red I sat and waited assuming that the two vehicles would move along by the time the light showed green.

No such luck!  As it turned green, I inched forward (OK, I drove for about three feet) to see what the position was, the car directly in the intersection had about six to eight feet of space in front of him, and the pick-up truck behind him was about five feet behind, I blew my horn to attract his attention (the car driver, that is) and indicated that he should drive forward a bit so that the traffic in my lane could move along between him and the pick-up truck.

Seems sensible, right?

The police officer decided to finally move from his comfortable spot on the side of the road, indicated to me that I should wait, and when the car had driven up, he waved the pick-up truck forward….

…thereby adding to an already clogged intersection. The intelligence of our policemen and their spontaneous decisions never ceases to amaze me.

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3 thoughts on “Help or Hinder

  1. I’ve had a senior Inspector in charge of a traffic department tell me that the solid green arrow and the flashing green arrow both mean “Go” even when traffic is traveling from opposing directions. There are exceptions, no doubt, but the traffic police really often seem like the lowest common denominator.

  2. Hello Michael
    That’s not a Guyana thing. It’s a regional thing. You will find that happening in Trinidad and Jamaica also
    Best wishes for peaceful Christmas to all
    Kind regards
    Cecil

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