Police outline strict traffic rules for Independence festivities
Motorists have been warned to abide by the rules laid down by the traffic department of the Royal Saint Lucia Police Force for the smooth flow of vehicular traffic in and out of the City of Castries for Thursday and Friday of this week when Independence Day activities will be at its peak.
Giving the warning were the Minister responsible for Culture Senator Fortuna Belrose and Superintendent George Nicholas who is responsible for Operations within the police department.
Certain streets like Chaussee Road, Micoud Street, Manoel Street, Jeremie Street, Darling Road, La Toc Road and Brazil Street have been declared no parking zones for these two days with Nicholas vowing to tow any vehicle found parked on any of the streets listed, at the expense of the owner.
“There will be absolutely no parking on these streets,” was his terse warning to motorists.
The shopping centre of the city will be bursting with Independence Day activities over the two days, so much so that the traffic department has drawn up what it calls “a comprehensive traffic plan for bus drivers and other motorists entering and exiting the city.”
Some bus stands will be relocated temporarily for these two days, namely those buses that operate the 2C and 2B Routes. Also to be relocated are the buses operating out of Jacmel, Millet, Ciceron, Morne Road, La Croix and Bexon.
“In the event motorists decide not to abide by these laws we have a wrecker in place that we would utilize without hesitation,” Nicholas said.
He promised Saint Lucians a spectacular display when the police kick off its parade on Friday at the SABs Playing Field.
“We will have some special displays. The police band will be putting on a display which is secretive that they do not want spectators around during their rehearsals,” Nicholas said.
“Our drill team will be putting up a display with added features,” he added.
Come Thursday there will be three stages set up inside the shopping centre of Castries, one in Constitution Park, another on Jeremie Street and the third at the SABs Playing Field.
The first stage to come alive will be the one in Constitution Park when at six in the evening a cultural extravaganza is expected to take place there.
Three hours later the stage at the SABs Playing Field will swing into action with the staged production of “The Story of Saint Lucia”.
Then at 10 p.m, the stage on Jeremie Street will burst forth with action with a concert featuring calypsonians and soca artistes.
At midnight, a pause in the various events will take place so that everyone can focus on the Castries Waterfront for the raising of the national flag to be followed by a grand display of fireworks. The concert on Jeremie Street is expected to end at about 2 a.m.