Over 50 tickets issued in Mandeville since new traffic law — police
Traffic police in the Mandeville town centre on Thursday. Photo: Kasey Williams

MANCHESTER, Jamaica — Police in the south-central town of Mandeville say over 50 tickets have been issued since the new Road Traffic Act took effect on Wednesday.

Sub-officer in charge of the Manchester Traffic Department Sergeant Florizel Williams told OBSERVER ONLINE that the enforcement of the law has been made more efficient with the use of the electronic traffic ticketing system.

“So far so good, the town is orderly. Persons are really concerned and have conformed,” he said on Thursday.

“For the most part the motorists have been conforming… since Wednesday we have issued over 50 tickets with the new device. The system is running and it is smooth so far, it is easier. In fact [takes] less time [to issue tickets],” added Williams.

He is encouraging motorists to adhere to the regulations.

“The new Road Traffic Act is not here to beat down on any motorist, it is there to serve as a deterrent [for breaches],” he said.

He pointed to road fatality statistics in appealing to motorists.

“In 2021 we lost 486 citizens in motor vehicle accidents [and] in 2022, 488. We want to [reduce it]. I am saying to [everyone] use the road in a manner to go about their business without any injury or injuries in relation to motor vehicle collisions,” he said.

— Kasey Williams

Kasey Williams

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