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We remain committed to keeping our road users safe, says SSP Allen

Published:Monday | March 14, 2016 | 3:00 AM

The Jamaica Constabulary Force's (JCF) Traffic Headquarters has been kept busy for the period of January to February 2016. The head of the division, Senior Superintendent Calvin Allen, reported that "we remain committed to the task of keeping our nation's road users safe and also aim, in any and every way, to reduce road fatalities by ensuring that our streets are properly policed".

SSP Allen shared data which confirmed that almost 12,000 (11,807) vehicular check-point operations (VCP) were conducted for the review period. These VCPs enabled lawmen to search and assess 133,267 motor vehicles and issue 66,024 tickets, 3,652 of which were for speed-related offences. A total of 987 speed checks were conducted and 511 persons arrested, 141 of whom were arrested on warrants. The number of warrants executed totalled 654 and 1,143 summonses were served.

The lawmen also seized 398 weapons, four of which were firearms in addition to 23 assorted rounds of ammunition.

SSP Allen also noted that the new patrol cars and motorbikes have significantly boosted the mobility of the JCF. There are now 1,407 mobile patrols and 1,448 motorcycle patrols.

The division also conducted 25 lectures, mostly in schools, regarding effective road management skills for motorists and pedestrians alike.