400 charged with traffic offences

COURT TODAY BLOCKIt was a massive “call day” at the District ‘F’ Magistrates’ Court today when about 400 persons charged for various traffic offences appeared before Magistrate Ian Weekes.

It was a good day for the Government’s coffers too, with collections reportedly topping $20, 000 from the payment of fines by those found guilty.

The courtroom, foyer and courtyard were jammed with persons waiting their turn to have their matters dealt with. Both sides of the entire stretch of Blackmans Road, St Joseph, where the court is located in the Eric Holder Complex, were lined with vehicles.

Most of the violations were for speeding. Others were for offences such as not wearing a seatbelt or obstructing traffic. Interestingly, many of the drivers were caught speeding along Lancaster and Trents Roads in St. James.

The court began sitting just after 9 a.m. and ended close to 5 p.m.

7 Responses to 400 charged with traffic offences

  1. Veroniva Boyce
    Veroniva Boyce November 7, 2015 at 7:19 am

    Very good! Now save the funds and put it to good USE excluding the wallet or purse for personal use.

  2. Heidi cadogan November 7, 2015 at 7:38 am

    Hmmmm they should have made much more money than that cause if u r telling me 400 persons were in that court yesterday and I was there my self to see ppl get $500.00 fines and the lowest I heard was 250. And the magistrate only gave a few persons breaks. Then that figure should be much higher. #justsaying

  3. Alex Alleyne November 7, 2015 at 9:12 am

    Court should last no more the one hour for these matters. Speeding over the limit between x to y , all stand . Your fee is $$.
    Half or more of the cases done with right there .

    • carson c cadogan November 7, 2015 at 1:07 pm

      I agree.

      All for speeding stand. All for obstructing traffic stand, all for not wearing seat belts stand the fine is X amount payable in a week etc., etc.

      Clear some of this backlog.

  4. Dickory Doc November 7, 2015 at 11:39 am

    What a complete waste of time and productivity. Why not have a ticketing system? Jeez!

  5. Kent Bridges November 7, 2015 at 5:59 pm

    STUPSE. ” Interestingly, many of the drivers were caught speeding along Lancaster and Trents Roads in St. James”. smh

  6. Tony Webster November 8, 2015 at 7:58 am

    May it please the Court, also God, and certainly it would please the 99% of law-abiding Bajans-

    Please God, promote Magistrate Weekes…to the new joint position of Chief Justice AND Attorney-General. Like yesterday.

    No, God…I haven’t a clue with what to do with the two departing incumbents….but you know the roads to either of two possible destinations. Just tell them to go in peace.
    What a little gumption can achieve…neh?


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