Mon | Sep 16, 2019

758 traffic cameras installed islandwide

Published:Tuesday | August 20, 2019 | 9:27 AM
Minister of Transport, Robert Montague, speaking at Grennell’s Driving School’s 20th Anniversary Dinner held at The Jamaica Pegasus hotel in New Kingston on Friday, August 16, 2019 - Contributed photo.

Hundreds of cameras have been installed across the island by the government in keeping with the proposed electronic surveillance system to help reduce traffic violations.

According to Minister of Transport and Mining, Robert Montague, Cabinet has passed the framework and approximately 490 traffic cameras have been installed across Kingston, 80 in Ocho Rios, St Ann, 120 in Montego Bay, St James, 38 in May Pen, Clarendon and 30 in Mandeville, Manchester.

These state-of-the-art systems have licence plate reading technology, which are geared towards recording vehicles involved in traffic offences.

In a Ministry Paper tabled in Parliament last month, Cabinet explained that under the proposed system, unmanned electronic devices will be used to capture violations.

Owners or drivers of a motor vehicle, at the time of the infraction, will be sanctioned in keeping with the Road Traffic Act and Regulations.

Cabinet further indicated that the system will also assist in the execution of the enforcement and legislation components of the National Road Safety Policy.

Speaking at Grennell’s Driving School’s 20th Anniversary Dinner, held at The Jamaica Pegasus hotel in New Kingston on Friday,  Montague said this will assist with identifying traffic violators and those who violate rules that are in keeping with the new Road Traffic Act.

“I am happy that the new Road Traffic Act will be coming into force soon,” he said.

Meanwhile, with 84 persons losing their lives in motorcycle crashes to date, accounting for a high percentage of total fatalities in recent years, Montague said the government is working on new rules for motorcycle operators and pillion passengers, especially those riders who are not licensed.

“In training to ride bikes, because it is now the popular thing, the new Road Traffic Act requires that you have to be at a registered school to learn to ride,” Montague noted.

He added that persons selling bikes will be required to sell the safety equipment with them, “because too many persons believe it is a wonderful thing to be on the back of a bike without a helmet.”

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