Sunday 29 November, 2020

WATCH: 300 warned for breaches during holiday weekend operation

Traffic gridlock along the Hellshire main road in St Catherine on Sunday as motorists attempt to get off the road before the 3pm national curfew.

Traffic gridlock along the Hellshire main road in St Catherine on Sunday as motorists attempt to get off the road before the 3pm national curfew.

Police warned more than 300 persons for breaches of the Disaster Risk Management Regulations during a joint police/military operation in St Catherine on Sunday amid tighter curfew restrictions for the National Heroes Day weekend in an attempt to limit the spread of COVID-19 on the island.

Two people were also arrested in relation to shooting cases, the Jamaica Constabulary Force said in a news release Monday.

Police report that between the hours of 3pm and 7pm, roadblocks were mounted along Hellshire main road, Caymanas Bay Road, Dyke Road, and Old Harbour Bay main road in the St Catherine South police division.

During the operation, in addition to 300 persons being warned for breaches of the Disaster Risk Management Regulations, 443 vehicles were stopped; 156 vehicles searched; 300 vehicle documents were checked; 33 tickets were issued for breaches of the Road Traffic Act; three motor cars and a motorcycle were seized; four persons were detained and seven offensive weapons and a quarter pound of ganja were seized, the police said.

Jamaicans celebrate National Heroes Day on Monday. For two days of the holiday weekend - Sunday and Monday - the national curfew begins at 3 pm and remains in force until 8am the following day.

As of Tuesday, the national curfew hours is to be extended to run from 9pm until 5am daily.

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