Challenging traffic ticket gets Castries man four times the fine!

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Challenging traffic ticket gets Castries man four times the fine!

Herman Elliot of Ravine Chabot, Castries was on Tuesday ordered to pay $1,000 or spend three months at Bordelais for running a red light.

The incident took place on November 4, 2012.  At the time, Police Constable 364 Flavius, attached to the Traffic Department, was in a marked police vehicle registration number SLG3044 — two vehicles behind Elliot.

Flavius testified that Elliot drove East on Jeremie Street towards Chaussee Road and slowed down but did not stop at the traffic light before turning right onto Chaussee Road.  Flavius then pursued Elliot onto Chaussee Road and ordered him to pull over, which he did.

Elliot was then issued a ticket for EC$250 but he challenged the ticket on the grounds that the light had not yet turned red when he turned onto the Chaussee.  He did not however speak on his behalf in court on Tuesday.

Magistrate Christine Phulchere found that the evidence Constable Flavius gave was truthful and concise.  In rendering her verdict, she consulted section 171 of the Road Traffic Act of St Lucia which states that if someone is found guilty of this offence, the minimum fine is EC$1,000 or six months imprisonment or both.

Elliot is ordered to pay $500 by January 11, 2013 and the remainder by February 13, 2013.

He is to return to court on February 13 with proof of payment.

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  1. The punishment is perfect. It will keep guys like voomvoom at bay. The yellow light is a warning that the RED is coming. He took a gamble and lost; instead of paying the fine, he got cocky and took it to court. $$$$$ or the Cell now!

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  2. its high time persons take our traffic laws more seriously, hope that is a lesson for future perpetrators.

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  3. sometimes ur mind so far or u have other things on ur mind u passing the red light without u notice a fine is ok but not jail redo that constitution

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  4. Purpose of traffic lights are to direct the flow of traffic right? Supposing there were no other vehicles coming from any of the intersecting routes, do u still stop like a deckdeck and wait for a green light? Or do u continue on Ur way? If I ever get Charged for running a light when there's no traffic they will have to arrest me for a few other things. Chpz. And 6 months? Wow... a lil extreme in my opinion

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      • oh really? purpose of the lights- to direct traffic. remember during rush hour they had traffic police helping to ease the congestion b4? thats the purpose of those lights. so if i'm the only vehicle at the intersection why would i stop? for who? there's no traffic and thats the whole point of the light anyway.dont be silly ppl.

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    • voomvoom u sure u want to be arrested un. ok
      if u were in the defendants shoes am sure u would have cryied to the Magestrate. chhops tan. in that hard V.A.T Guavar season again.

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  5. Six months in prison for running a red light is ridiculous. A fine is OK and do community service, not prison. That law has to be changed.

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