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.