The Royal St. Vincent and the Grenadines Police Force Traffic Department cracked down on the reckless and dangerous driving and loud music during the Inter Primary, Secondary and College School Games, which were held on Wednesday March 27 to Friday March 29, 2019 at the Arnos Vale Sporting Complex.
According to Head of the Traffic Department, Superintendent of Police, Mr. Kenneth John, the Traffic department strategically deployed traffic officers during the three (3) days of competition in order to regulate the traffic, ensure safety and make sure that the traffic laws were being upheld.
Superintendent John stated that a total of ninety four (94) reports were made, which resulted in sixty (60) traffic tickets being issued to several drivers for playing loud and amplified music in their motor vehicles without the approval of the Commissioner of Police, contrary to regulation 31 of the Motor Vehicle and Road Traffic Act, Regulation 483 of the Revised Edition of the Laws of SVG. He stated that some drivers were issued as much as seven (7) tickets each for failing to comply with the aforementioned regulations.
He further stated that twelve (12) omnibus drivers including two (2) conductors were charged for carrying excess passengers. He said that as much as twenty eight (28) passengers were being transported in an omnibus that was licensed to carry eighteen (18) passengers. Six (6) omnibus drivers were also charged with dangerous and reckless driving with one (1) driver being charged twice for the same offence. All six (6) drivers’ licences were suspended by the Commissioner of Police pending the outcome of the charges.
Superintendent John thanked all motorists and commuters for their support to the Royal St. Vincent and the Grenadines Police Force and by extension to the traffic department and urged the general public to continue to abide with the Motor Vehicle and Road Traffic Act Regulations. He advises motorist to cooperate and to always exercise caution and care while driving on our nation’s roads. He however reiterated that reckless and dangerous driving will not be tolerated on the roads of St. Vincent and the Grenadines.