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Aim For Amnesty

SSP Allen urges motorists to clear unpaid tickets

BY BRIAN BONITTO
Associate Editor —
Auto & Entertainment
bonittob@jamaicaobserver.com

Friday, June 16, 2017



SENIOR Superintendent of Police (SSP) Calvin Allen, head of the Jamaica Constabulary Force's (JCF) Traffic Division, is encouraging motorists with unpaid tickets to make use of next month's amnesty.

“I fully support the amnesty and believe that motorists have another opportunity to straighten out themselves, so to speak. So I implore all well-thinking Jamaicans, who have been issued with a ticket and not honoured it by law as they should have, to take advantage of the situation. Because if you allow yourself to go into the new Road Traffic Act with this sort of baggage, it is really not good for you,” SSP Allen told Jamaica Observer's weekly Auto magazine at his Elletson Road base in Kingston earlier this week.

In late April, Minister of National Security Robert Montague made the announcement during his contribution to the 2017/2018 Sectoral Debate in the House of Representatives at Gordon House in Kingston.

The 60-day amnesty, which begins July 1, will see penalties and interests being waived on outstanding traffic tickets. This is a precursor to the new Road Traffic Act, which is now before the House of Representatives and is expected to comes into effect soon.

SSP Allen said the Traffic Division will have a designated section to deal with outstanding tickets when the amnesty kicks in.

“There are motorists who have been issued with several tickets and have not honoured it. So here you have an opportunity where they will not be arrested or taken in front of the court, so it is an opportunity to be utilised. And with the new Road Traffic Act coming on stream, it is the perfect time to clear yourself,” he said.

Since the beginning of the year to last Friday, the Traffic Division issued 233,309 tickets; a 21 per cent increase compared to the same period last year. The traffic boss sees a direct correlation between the police's ramped up presence on the road and fewer fatalities.

“I want to commend our officers across the island who have been doing a fantastic job in terms of their road-police effort. While we're seeing an increase in number of tickets issued, we're seeing a decrease in the number of fatalities. At present we are at 152. Last year this time we were at 174 road fatalities,” he said.

“I am also crediting it (the fewer deaths) to improvement in many drivers' behaviour ... despite the indiscipline on the roadway, there are drivers who adhered to the many road safety messages and are applying it.”

He said the JCF's traffic cops presence on the road is also anti-crime in nature as, since January 1, it has yield six illegal firearms and five stolen motor vehicles.

“We not just out there checking documents,” he added.

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