CJ: Traffic tickets can now be paid up to morning of court
Rickie Ramdass email@example.com
IN an attempt to reduce the number of traffic ticket matters before magistrates’ courts throughout the country, Chief Justice Ivor Archie has directed that tickets can be paid up to the morning of the defendant’s court appearance.
So said public information officer with the Police Service acting Insp Wayne Mystar at yesterday’s weekly press conference at the Police Administration Building in Port of Spain.
Mystar said within recent times, it was noticed that most people before the court on traffic offences decide on paying the ticket instead of having to face a magistrate. “However, because the request for payment is out of the statutory period, the defendant is advised that he or she must go before the court, as stated on the ticket,” he said.
Also, motorists who have had their matters adjourned on several occasions but were willing to pay the ticket were allowed to do so. This initiative, Mystar said, had been in effect since June of last year. This, he said, would reduce the large number of defendants before the court and, in turn, save judicial time.
Mystar also warned that within recent time, motorists were found to be illegally using surveillance bays along the Uriah Butler and Sir Solomon Hochoy Highways. He warned that anyone caught illegally using the bays could be fined up to $1,500.
Mystar said the objectives of the surveillance bays were to “provide strategic positioning of road policing patrol units of the Traffic and Highway Patrol Branch to deter deviant road use and to enhance the detection capabilities for road traffic offences”.
He added that other objectives of the bays were to enhance response time capabilities for emergency vehicles and to provide camera surveillance for the detection of criminal movement, including unauthorised use of the surveillance bays.
The bays, he said, could be identified by “the presence of a combination of a 24-hour flashing amber light and ‘Police Zone’ signage.”
“Motorists in contravention of unauthorised use of the surveillance bays can be issued with a fixed penalty ticket for $1,000; or, if brought to the court via summons and found guilty, can be fined $1,500 and three months’ imprisonment,” he said.