Security expert and Acting Commish call for fix to traffic ticketing system
Security expert Lieutenant Commander George Overton is expressing doubt the increases in fines and penalties for violating the Road Traffic Act will result in much change among motorists.
Lieutenant Commander Overton, who was a guest at The Gleaner’s Jamaica Under Labour Stakeholder forum yesterday, charged that the government has failed to fix the kinks in the traffic ticketing system, which have resulted in many traffic tickets going unpaid and unnoticed.
He argued that this contributes to the ongoing indiscipline that goes unchecked in the society, especially among some road users.
He contended that fixing this problem should be included as part of the government’s thrust to improving order in the country.
Acting police commissioner, Clifford Blake, agreed that the traffic ticketing system has to be addressed by the relevant authorities.
The traffic police issue hundreds of thousands of traffic tickets each year, many of which go unpaid, which leaves the government out of millions in revenue.
The New Road Traffic Act was passed in the House of Representatives earlier this month.
Several fines have been increased and some new ones introduced.