AG wants fixed traffic fines

Attorney General Adriel Brathwaite thinks that fixed traffic fines should have been stipulated in the Road Traffic (Amendment) Act 2017 that was passed in the House of Assembly today.

Contributing this afternoon to the second day of debate on the Bill, Brathwaite said that pre-set fines for traffic offences would have enabled offending motorists to quickly pay their monies and get on with their daily lives, instead of having to join long queues waiting on their cases to be called at the magistrate’s court.

“The whole issue of ticketing . . . of why are we at this stage in 2017 still wasting the court’s time in matters that could be dealt with via fixed penalties?” he said, while pointing out that “a chap might have to leave a day’s work, go and sit down at the District ‘C’ or District ‘D’ almost for a whole day to pay a fine for $150 or $200 or whatever the fine is.”

He said apart from lost production time, there was the judicial time used up in processing the traffic cases.

“It must be worth it,” he insisted, adding that “whether you use the demerit system for a person to be fined, they [should know immediately] what the fine is and have the ability to go and pay the fine.”

He contended that the cost of getting the Ministry of Transport and Works and the Royal Barbados Police Force together to make fixed fines work would be worth it.

“We need to find a way of doing it, and doing it with haste . . . . the revenue collected will pay for itself,” he said, adding that, “you can even use some of that revenue to have cameras placed across [the island]. You don’t have to bother going and looking for them. The cameras will capture them when they are speeding, automatically”.

18 Responses to AG wants fixed traffic fines

  1. Jimmy Alexander
    Jimmy Alexander November 22, 2017 at 1:48 am

    So why wasn’t something said and done about that BEFORE bringing the bill to parliament?

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  2. Sue Donym November 22, 2017 at 3:27 am

    Trying to understand why the AG of all people is saying this now. Did he not assess the proposals before? Don’t cabinet colleagues consult on such matters?

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  3. Kim Gaskin
    Kim Gaskin November 22, 2017 at 3:43 am

    This article I won’t even read…
    Fix d potholes

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  4. charjoy November 22, 2017 at 5:55 am

    Too much alcohol big man….ya come in late again

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  5. Maaz A Love
    Maaz A Love November 22, 2017 at 6:14 am

    Fixed home/ business/car loans for all the people not just some …

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  6. Joan Brome
    Joan Brome November 22, 2017 at 7:47 am

    AG like he just wake up!!!!!!!!!!
    He want this and that but ain’t addressing the important issues of this country

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  7. Shotta Boss
    Shotta Boss November 22, 2017 at 8:14 am

    Fixed fines well fix d roads our money pays these ppl and they tend to treat us as if we are less than them and do some unfair and unjust things to us Tax payers and we just sit and do or sat anything so then we are taken for granted and looked down on as fools so then we received more problems yet the Treasury collects over $100,000 daily now smart ppl do d math

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    • Max Carter
      Max Carter November 22, 2017 at 9:03 am

      100,000 its times more than that

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  8. Alex Alleyne November 22, 2017 at 8:31 am

    AG Sir, what about “fixed jail time for gun crimes”. Why don’t you address your section of which you are being paid to do.

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  9. fedup November 22, 2017 at 8:40 am

    Hardee har har!! He criticizing he own people?

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  10. jrsmith November 22, 2017 at 11:16 am

    What is so fake ass about this government , they haven’t tick any of the things to do boxes but the election is just around the corner ……….. It took 2 terms to try introducing laws to try saving lives , this just show how much blood they have of they hands …
    …… All promises but its the enforcement on all people who break the laws , not only on black people …

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  11. Francis Blackman-StJohn
    Francis Blackman-StJohn November 22, 2017 at 11:41 am

    Funny thing is there are people on island who have set up ticketing systems in other Jurisdictions….why not have a conversation with one of them

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  12. luther thorne November 22, 2017 at 12:10 pm

    So wait are you not a member of Cabinet ?

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  13. John Downes
    John Downes November 22, 2017 at 12:43 pm

    I agree with the AG on this point about fixed traffic fines. As it currently stands persons are left up to the whims and fancy of the magistrate. On a given day a person could receive a $500 fine for an offence. On another day an offender with the same offence and similar circumstances could be fined $1000, that is not right. I therefore support the AG on fixed traffic fines.

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    • Rawle Spooner
      Rawle Spooner November 22, 2017 at 2:54 pm

      Ok agree too but did AG not thought about that when bill was being drafted before it was pass into law, just curious to know.

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  14. Kaiser Sose
    Kaiser Sose November 22, 2017 at 1:01 pm

    Fix the gun and gangs first yah DAFT PRICK.

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  15. Alex Alleyne November 22, 2017 at 5:43 pm

    A friend visit the traffic court sometime, and the person sitting on the bench said to one and all “Anyone over the speed limit by 10Km , I am going to state at $400.00 , you will ask why so much and I will explain why so little”.

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  16. Alex Alleyne November 22, 2017 at 5:45 pm

    Going to START.

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