VIDEO: Law snubbed

BY KIMONE FRANCIS
Observer staff reporter
francisk@jamaicaobserver.com

Tuesday, December 04, 2018

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POLICE Commissioner Major General Antony Anderson yesterday disclosed that some 468,000 tickets have been issued since the start of the year, but is expressing concern that the supporting mechanism that should follow enforcement is lacking.

General Anderson was speaking to reporters and editors at yesterday's Jamaica Observer Monday Exchange when he noted that the figure reflects a lack of consequences of law enforcement.

He said up to last week there were 500 people with over 200 traffic tickets and two people facing the court with over 700 tickets.

“That means 700 times a law enforcement action has been taken against that individual. I don't know that their licence has been revoked because that's how they make a livelihood. There are some challenges with the mechanisms,” he said, pointing out that the tickets issued and vehicles seized disprove the argument that the police are not enforcing the law.

“What I am saying is, if we are enforcing, taking action 468,000 times and we've seized 7,800-plus vehicles up to last week, the idea that we're not enforcing does not stand the scrutiny of the actual numbers involved and figures.

“It means that you have to look behind the actual action at the effectiveness of the actions, and so it's the consequence of law enforcement action that is diminished. In other jurisdictions, you would not reach 700 tickets; you wouldn't reach 200; you would not even reach two,” the commissioner said.

Last month, the police's Public Safety and Traffic Enforcement Branch (PSTEB) nabbed two Corporate Area taxi drivers who amassed over 1,500 outstanding traffic tickets between them.

One driver, the PSTEB said, has 772 tickets while the other has 751 outstanding.

General Anderson stressed that if owners of vehicles are not made to ensure that they employ responsible drivers with the pending new Road Traffic Act, wanton disregard for tickets will continue.

There are more than 160 amendments coming from the Senate, which approved the Road Traffic Bill in May, adding to more than 130 amendments which had been made during its passage through the House of Representatives in February.

In addition to those amendments, Minister of Transport and Mining Robert Montague had tabled five new amendments a month ago.

One of the amendments is for the removal of the requirement for drivers to have their licences with them on all occasions.

Another amendment proposes the use of photo enforcement cameras to capture violations in the absence of an officer of the law, where the driver cannot be identified. That will result in a ticket being sent to the registered owner of that vehicle.

However, it also states that demerit points would not apply against the licence of the vehicle's owner.

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