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CARIBBEAN: Jamaica to use license plate cameras to issue electronic speeding tickets

By Jamaica Observer

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The Ministry of National Security is to sign a Memorandum of Understanding (MOU) with the National Works Agency (NWA), to utilise speed cameras and licence plate cameras on the nation’s streets.This was disclosed by Portfolio Minister, Robert Montague as he addressed the launch of the United Nations (UN) Global Road Safety Week, held yesterday at the Ministry of Transport and Mining’s Maxfield Avenue offices.

“It will enhance the new Road Traffic Act, because it will allow the courts to utilise the electronically generated tickets. We are going to be utilising technology in assisting, because the police are low with numbers in monitoring some of the activities on the street,” Montague said.

The minister is also encouraging delinquent motorists to take advantage of the 60-day amnesty to pay the fines on outstanding traffic tickets, without incurring a penalty or interest. The amnesty is to begin on July 1.

“We want persons to make use of it, because the fees under the new Act are going to be much more expensive than under the old Act. So, starting July, this government is displaying again its caring attitude to the motoring public and giving them an opportunity to make good on their obligations and to encourage them to utilise the amnesty,” Montague said.

He also informed that the police issued some 66,000 traffic tickets for 2016, of which 3,600 were related to speeding.

The fourth UN Global Road Safety Week will be held from May 8-14, 2017 under the theme ‘Slow it Down’.

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2 comments

  1. a good investment from Jamaican government on road safety. The question remains why not in St.Lucia ? It should pay back the cost on no time.

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  2. great idea! same should be done on the other Caribbean islands... they drive like maniacs killing and hurting people and nothing happens to them.

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