Thursday 21 November, 2019

More pressure on drivers with outstanding traffic tickets

Members of the Public Safety and Traffic Enforcement Branch (PSTEB) of the Jamaica Constabulary Force (JCF).

Members of the Public Safety and Traffic Enforcement Branch (PSTEB) of the Jamaica Constabulary Force (JCF).

Six drivers who collectively had almost 1,500 outstanding traffic tickets were given varying fines when they appeared in the Corporate Area Traffic Court between last Thursday and Monday, October 14.

The drivers were nabbed during ongoing enforcement activities by the Public Safety and Traffic Enforcement Branch (PSTEB), which has been in high gear since the start of September.

This latest group joins some 14 drivers who have been arrested by PSTEB personnel in just over a month, each having scores of outstanding traffic tickets.

So far, the court has handed down over $1 million in fines, and eight persons have had their drivers’ licences suspended for a combined 14.5 years.

Those who appeared before the court last week were:

• 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, St Andrew; and

• Ricardo McFarlane

Stewart accumulated 225 outstanding tickets and had a warrant issued for his arrest.

He was fined $32,000, with an alternative of 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 for 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 is jail when he appeared in court.

The police said the PSTEB continues its enforcement activities and is reminding all persons that they can help keep Jamaica safe by using the roadways as prescribed under the Road Traffic Act.

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