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Over $160k in fines for six motorists with over 1,500 tickets

Thursday, October 17, 2019

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KINGSTON, Jamaica— The Corporate Area Traffic Court has handed down fines totalling more than $160,000 to six motorists with outstanding traffic tickets between last Thursday, October 10 and Monday, October 14. The motorists, who had a combined total of nearly 1,500 tickets, were accosted by the Public Safety and Traffic Enforcement Branch (PSTEB).

According to PSTEB, this latest group joins 14 other drivers with outstanding tickets, who have been arrested in just over a month. So far, the court has issued more than $1 million in fines and eight motorists have had their licences suspended.

The six who appeared before the court recently are: Michael Stewart of Old Harbour, St Catherine; Roy McKenley of Bushy Park Housing Scheme, Clarendon; Rupert Lindo of Denbigh, Clarendon; Michael Pitter of Hagley Park Road, Kingston 11; and Ricardo McFarlane.

Stewart had accumulated 225 outstanding tickets and had one warrant issued for his arrest. He was fined $32,000 or seven days in jail and ordered to return to court on Tuesday, November 26.

Lindo and McKenley accounted for 189 and 406 outstanding tickets, respectively. Lindo was fined $20,000, while McKenley was ordered to pay $35, 000.

The two are to return to court on Friday, November 15 and Tuesday, November 26, respectively.

Meanwhile, Pitter, who had 423 outstanding tickets, was fined $34,000 and is to reappear in court on Friday, November 15.

Ricardo McFarlane, who had two warrants issued for his arrest when he failed to pay 429 traffic tickets, was fined $20,000 and given bail to return to court on Thursday, November 21.

And on Monday, Raston Roofe, of Spanish Town Road, Kingston 11 who had two warrants issued against him after he amassed 235 outstanding tickets, was ordered to pay $30,000 or spend 14 days in jail when he appeared before the court.

PSTEB said it will continue its enforcement activities and is reminding motorists to obey the Road Traffic Act, which helps keep Jamaica safe.


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