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Minibus driver reported twice five minutes apart

COURT TODAY BLOCKA few days ago, Mario Clarke was not only certain that the summons he had was a repeat of his alleged traffic violations, since he could not have been reported for two similar offences five minutes apart.

Clarke, of Ashton Hall, St Peter, went before acting Magistrate Elwood Watts in the District ‘A’ Traffic Court on Monday.

He insisted then that the summons he held in his hand was a repeat of another one already dealt with by Magistrate Graveney Bannister. That charge was for setting down passengers other than at a bus stop at 12.10 p.m. on June 24, 2014, along Black Rock Road.

After his claim was investigated, it was confirmed that even though it was the same policeman and the same date involved, there was a five minutes difference in time and the summonses carried different numbers.

Clarke then pleaded not guilty to the second charge.

The matter was adjourned until July 23 for trial, but Clarke showed up today, apologized for missing court yesterday, and changed his plea.

He was fined $600 forthwith or 60 days in prison. Further, the minibus driver was ordered to pay $50 court costs in relation to the warrant which was issued for him since it was the second time he had missed a court date.

6 Responses to Minibus driver reported twice five minutes apart

  1. Liz DaSilva Vieira
    Liz DaSilva Vieira July 25, 2015 at 7:23 am

    Traffic violations are such a common occurrence for these drivers that they can’t remember where and when. But I’m sure that these were the only two that he was “caught” doing. I was driving behind a psv recently and within less than 5 minutes, I counted 6 times that he was not “caught” doing something wrong.

  2. jrsmith July 25, 2015 at 10:54 am

    Just lawless behaviour.

  3. dwayne jordan July 25, 2015 at 11:05 am

    Adds $ to treasury

  4. Chris Wright July 25, 2015 at 1:48 pm

    Obey the law and there will be no problem.

  5. Realist July 27, 2015 at 12:12 pm

    The five minutes apart was the same time the teacher had to constantly show him his name in school until he reached class four.

  6. Alex3 July 27, 2015 at 12:26 pm

    I would much rather see an $800 fine or 60 days in HMP Dodds for a moving offense coming out the lousy and reckless driving than an act that could be seen as courtesy.


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