While noting that there have already been more than 600 traffic offences committed for the year so far, police have said the ticketable fines for certain traffic violations will increase in the near future.
This is according to Head of the Traffic Division in the Royal Virgin Islands Police Force (RVIPF) Sergeant (Sgt) Augustus Bruce who said the aforementioned statistics only represent the two most committed traffic offences in the BVI.
“Just to give you an idea, we have over 300 seatbelt and over 300 cell phone offences recorded for the year so far,” said Officer Bruce in an interview with BVI News on Tuesday.
The top traffic cop said the ticket fine for driving without a seatbelt and driving while using a cell phone is $100 each but said the figure will increase because of the prevalence of the offences.
“Presently the offences are being reviewed as we speak. So, very soon, we should see a raise in penalty in relation to not only the seatbelt and cell phone but other offences,” the Sergeant added.
He did not specify what the increased fines will be.
Notably, however, it is said that police operators are allowed to not wear their seatbelts during the execution of their duties.
Sgt Bruce also addressed what has been described as a common misunderstanding by the public when they see uniformed officers committing the aforementioned traffic violations.
“People see the police officers not using a seat-belt or being on the cell phones — not only the police officers but prisons, fire officers and hospital. We are all emergency responders so there is an exemption for us under the law,” the Sergeant explained.
He, however, said the exemption only applies when emergency personnel are on official duty.
“We as police officers should not be using our cell phones or without seat-belt in our private vehicles,” he said
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