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Resist draconian traffic fines

Published:Tuesday | June 23, 2015 | 6:00 AM

THE EDITOR, Sir:

Why are Jamaicans sitting back silently and allowing the Government to impose such draconian measures and extortionate fines on the motoring public?

Do we really agree with these chauffeur-driven people (who it will not risk being affected) that if you forget your driver's licence one morning, you should be treated like a common criminal and fined without any leniency, when there are other more civilised ways of treating with the situation?

Do you agree with road traffic fines being increased in some cases by more than 500 and fines that are way out of sync with our economic realities?

Do you really agree with the imposition of traffic fines that are higher than most countries' in this hemisphere, particularly when we compare Jamaica's per-capita income, the strength of our currency, and other economic factors?

Have we considered how many decent, law-abiding citizens may end up in prison because they cannot pay some of these impractical fines?

Remember, this is still a democratic country, and we all have a say and a role to play. You have more power than you may realise, and if you do not exercise that power, be prepared to take whatever you get at the end of the day.

If we keep doing what we have always done, we will only get what we have always had.

PETER TOWNSEND

President,

National Democratic

Movement