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  • The Jamaica Constabulary Force (JCF) recorded over 200,000 breaches of the Road Traffic Act up to June of this year.
  • “Almost 10,000 of those tickets that were issued were for persons found to be speeding excessively. We seized over 1,500 offensive weapons, over 118 vehicles were checked and tints removed for breach of the Road Traffic Act and over 2,200 registration plates were removed,” he said.
  • He said the Authority will continue to devise strategies to intercept overweight vehicles on the country’s roadways.

The Jamaica Constabulary Force (JCF) recorded over 200,000 breaches of the Road Traffic Act up to June of this year.

This was disclosed by Senior Superintendent and Commanding Officer of the Traffic and Highway Division, Jamaica Constabulary Force (JCF), Calvin Allen, during a press conference at the Office of the Police Commissioner in St. Andrew, on July 11.

Senior Superintendent Allen said the Jamaica Constabulary Force will continue to ramp up its strategies and operations on the island’s roads to reduce accidents.

“Almost 10,000 of those tickets that were issued were for persons found to be speeding excessively. We seized over 1,500 offensive weapons, over 118 vehicles were checked and tints removed for breach of the Road Traffic Act and over 2,200 registration plates were removed,” he said.

Mr. Allen noted that under ‘Operation Zero Tolerance’, which is an initiative of the Island Traffic Authority, Transport Authority and the JCF, over 1,655 vehicles and 300 motorcycles were seized across the island.

“We have written over 78,000 tickets, over 400 arrests have been made, some 609 offensive weapons – ice picks, scissors, knives and  machetes – have been seized,” he said.

Mr. Allen added that over 1,000 prosecutions have also been done for the non-wearing of protective helmets.

In the meantime, Director, Island Traffic Authority, Ludlow Powell, said the agency will continue to partner with the Jamaica Constabulary Force (JCF) to minimise accidents and clamp down on breaches committed by road users.

He said the Authority will continue to devise strategies to intercept overweight vehicles on the country’s roadways.

“The truckers are getting real smart; they wait until nightfall… and with the proliferation of cell phones, one phone call and everybody is off the road until we disappear from the road. But, we are aware of the tactics used and we will try to find ways to combat them,” he said.

He pointed out that overweight vehicles contribute to damaged roads which are seen across the island.