“The Police are not above the law!”
That’s the view of a senior Police Officer in response to a photograph taken of a Traffic Police vehicle which had a broken number plate and a broken indicator light.
The photograph was taken yesterday, January 4, 2015, by a Saint Lucia Times reader.
According to the senior officer, driving such a vehicle is not an offence for which someone can be arrested but can be issued a ticket.
“The same way if a driver is driving a Police vehicle and he does not have a seat belt, a Traffic Officer can stop him and issue a ticket,” the official told the Times, adding that it does not make a difference if it is a Police officer in the driver’s seat.
According to him, a Police driver must make sure that the vehicle being driven conforms to the traffic regulations
“You can’t stop people and tell them that you need to get your lights fixed and we are driving vehicles and our lights are not fixed; so it does not make a difference if you are a police officer or not because the traffic act speaks to everybody,” the official asserted.
He told the Times that the Police must set the example because an officer driving a vehicle with a broken number plate is actually breaking the law.