Cops issue 11,000 traffic tickets in St James clampdown
Police report that between January 18 and April 12 a total of 11,000 traffic tickets were issued to drivers for various traffic breaches in St James, the parish where a State of Public Emergency (SOE) has been declared.
Assistant Commissioner of Police Ealan Powell, who is responsible for the Jamaica Constabulary Force's (JCF) side of the SOE in St James, said the clamp down on unruly motorists is part of efforts by law enforcers to address head on the high levels of chaos that once reigned in the city.
"The police have written 11,000 traffic tickets in St James since the 18th of January. And it was not aimed at collecting revenue, but it was aimed at correcting behavior,” Powell said.
The senior officer said the situation was so bad in the parish that at one point one could easily come to the conclusion that the Road Traffic Act was not meant for St James.
“We are reminding everybody here that it was meant for us, and we should obey it," ACP Powell warned.
The senior cop pointed out that prior to the declaration of the SOE large number of motorists did not obey traffic signals.
"People never stopped at stop lights, they didn’t stop at intersections, they overtook everywhere, many didn’t license their vehicle, and many ran robots". It was chaos,” Powell said.
He was addressing members of the public at the recent St James Municipal Corporation and the Jamaica Constabulary Force SOE town hall meeting held at the Montego Bay Cultural Centre.
ACP Powell lauded the National Works Agency (NWA) and the St James Municipal Corporation for partnering to establish grid lines intersections across Montego Bay recently.
He also thanked other agencies including the Jamaica Defence Force, the Transport Authority and Jamaica Fire Brigade for their support.
(Photo of ACP Powell addressing the state of public emergency stakeholders in Montego Bay on Thursday)