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Over 1,000 motorists ticketed, 500 licence plates removed in clampdown on illegal lights

Monday, December 02, 2019

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KINGSTON, Jamaica— The Jamaica Constabulary Force (JCF) says more than 500 motor vehicles have had their licence plate removed and over 1000 tickets have been issued as part of an initiative to remove illegal motor vehicle lights.

According to the JCF, the islandwide initiative, which began on Monday, November 25, targets motor vehicles with lights that are not the specified colour under the Road Traffic Act (RTA), flashing lights and lights that are too bright and may affect or impede other motorists.

The police also indicated that several persons have been arrested and vehicles seized.

According to the JCF, officers in Manchester reaped the most success, issuing 250 traffic tickets, 90 of which were for light-related offences, while 141 licence plates were removed and one arrest was made.

Other results of the operation listed by the JCF include:

The St Elizabeth police issued 46 traffic tickets, 23 of which were for light-related offences. Two persons were arrested and 19 licence plates were removed.

Over in the Clarendon division, 25 traffic tickets were issued.

The St James police issued 199 traffic tickets, with 167 being light-related offences, while 134 licence plates were removed during the operation.

In Westmoreland, 52 licence plates were removed and 86 traffic tickets issued — 50 for light-related offences. One motor vehicle was seized during the operation.

Meanwhile, 41 tickets were issued for light-related offences in Hanover and 39 licence plates were removed and in Trelawny 49 traffic tickets were issued y with 29 being for light-related offences.

The St Ann police removed 55 licence plates and issued 80 traffic tickets, 15 of which were for light-related offences.

In St Mary, 30 traffic tickets were issued — 15 for light-related offences — and 17 licence plates were also removed.

A total of 53 traffic tickets were issued in the Kingston Central Division with 14 being for light-related offences and two arrests were also made.

In Kingston West, 47 traffic tickets were issued — 41 being for light-related offences — and 23 licence plates were also removed.

Five tickets were issued in the St Andrew South Police Division.

Ten licence plates were removed as well as 10 tickets issued, all for light-related offences, in St Andrew Central.

In St Catherine North, 102 traffic tickets were issued, with 31 being for light-related offences, while 31 licence plates were removed.

Over in St Catherine South, 120 traffic tickets were issued, 43 for light-related offences. One arrest was made, two motorcycles seized and 26 licence plates removed.

Thirty-seven licence plates were removed in St Thomas and 52 traffic tickets were issued, to include 22 for light-related offences. One man was also arrested.

One arrest was made, one motor vehicle was seized, 32 licence plates were removed and 22 of the 68 traffic tickets issued were for light-related offences in St Andrew North.

The police said in addition, members of the Public Safety and Traffic Enforcement Branch (PSTEB) also issued 175 traffic tickets (81 for light-related offences) and removed 111 licence plates.


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