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700,000 traffic tickets issued in 18 months

05:53am | Fri, April 06, 2012

The National Road Safety Council (NRSC) is reporting that the new traffic ticketing system has been achieving significant success since its implementation more than a year ago.

Over 700,000 tickets worth one-point-six billion dollars have been issued within the last 18 months.

Vice Chairman of  the NRSC, Dr. Lucien Jones, says 682 million dollars of  that amount has been collected.

The new system allows the police to use a hand-held device to track motorists who have outstanding tickets.

Speaking at the launch of  the national road safety poster competition, at Jamaica House yesterday Dr. Jones said the Council in its continued drive to reduce road fatalities, will be intensifying its public education thrust.

He said talks are underway regarding the Spirits Licence Act to protect children from being influenced into the use of  alcohol at an early age while plans are in the making to start a new emergency response system.

Dr. Jones noted that discussions are also underway regarding an electronic surveillance system.      

He called on Jamaicans to refrain from drinking alcohol and driving, and desist from exceeding the speed limit.