Police confirm traffic ticket ‘challenges’

Police confirm traffic ticket ‘challenges’

Saint Lucia police have confirmed that they have some challenges relating to traffic tickets, confirming a story that first broke in the Times.

However, Acting Police Commissioner Milton Desir has told reporters that the challenges are not the result of any legislative issues.

“It was just the form of the ticket in itself so the printery stopped printing the tickets and as a result they have not started printing the new forms,” Desir explained.

He said as a result of the ‘lull’ in printing the police currently have no tickets.

However he explained that not having tickets does not prevent the police from charging anyone for traffic offences.

“A ticket is an opportunity for persons to pay without going to court and usually the charge on a ticket is less, so if you are taken to court you pay more,” the Acting Police Commissioner said.

He told reporters that usually, the traffic ticket represents half the fine of the particular charge.

“So you have an opportunity, you do not want to waste time – you are given a ticket, you pay your ticket or you can even contest the ticket,” Desir stated.

He disclosed that when a traffic ticket is contested, usually double the fine is paid if a person is convicted in court.

” I want the public to know that they should not think that the police not having tickets makes it easy for them to be lawless in terms of driving,” Desir said.

According to him, the police can take the registration number and other information from a driver who breaks the law and pursue the matter in court.

Nevertheless he said one of the reasons for traffic tickets is to relieve officers of the need to be present in court.

“You know that we have work to do on the road – officers need to be on the road,” Desir told reporters.

 

 

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9 Comments

  1. Anonymous
    April 10, 2017 at 7:14 pm Reply

    The challenge is work ethic sir. A ticket is a piece of paper. If a police officer is too lazy to stop his motorcycle to ticket a bus driver who offloads passengers in the middle of the road while obstructing traffic; no amount of printed tickets would make a difference. Lazy cops getting fat off taxpayers. Embarrassing.

  2. Anonymous
    April 10, 2017 at 8:26 pm Reply

    really

  3. Anonymous
    April 10, 2017 at 9:07 pm Reply

    Yep true; it is happening all the time, no drugs in the mini bus; so… they dont have the time for mini buss

  4. Anonymous
    April 10, 2017 at 9:08 pm Reply

    Hmmm

  5. Anonymous
    April 10, 2017 at 9:14 pm Reply

    Police force…a bunch of theives….and crooks…so wat r they trying to say…o please

  6. Anonymous
    April 10, 2017 at 11:29 pm Reply

    Please have some respect for the police. The men and women work different shifts and hours to keep us safe. Please respect the police.

  7. Anonymous
    April 11, 2017 at 6:33 am Reply

    So will the Court charge me the lower fee? It is not my fault that there are no tickets available? Why should I be penalised?

  8. Flyer
    April 11, 2017 at 8:16 am Reply

    My my st. Lucia is showing glimpses of its
    Competency , the rest of world must thinking of fitting us with helmet ( just like a child with epilepsy) because if we will be hitting our heads evens more as we drag through life …… welcome to st. Lucia criminal heaven, where the liquor is cheap and our laws are relaxed , you can buy your way out of murder charge. Welcome, where the police put all there effort to stop/ loot all contraband , how ever beg for money and equipment from donor countries, which monitor the police illegal activities on the high seas. Welcome to
    St. Lucia where we sell our seabed without anyone knowing and we still can’t question he person or persons who sold it …… st. Lucia nice twice ……

  9. sharon terrell
    April 16, 2017 at 11:10 am Reply

    Flyer…yes we sellibg our seabed 82 acres,and with Maria Island included the same maria Island we fighting against whether we want that causeway to be built.And this is where the grineberg affair comes in but of course how many St.lucians know about Grineberg muchless,Yamaha affair.Shouldn’t we be making sure that st.lucia still ownes Maria Island before we pick fights jusst saying.And this ticket issue just did not start yesterday it been so for maybe 1year or 2 or more.We need to get the ball rolling before we be deported out from st.lucia our own homeland,some dangerous deals and contract has been signed and we dont know no one is being held accountable to answer for all these atrocities.because we have no laws in place to impeach or to do anything.So where do we go from here,we should forget about the past st.lucians say,but the past will come back to hunt us.We have alot of mess to fix st.lucia.

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