Police on Saturday issued 40 traffic tickets to motorists for playing loud and amplified music in their motor vehicles without the approval of the Commissioner of Police.
This is an offence under regulation 31 of the Motor Vehicle and Road Traffic Act, Regulation 483 of the Revised Edition of the Laws of St. Vincent and the Grenadines.
The Police Public Relations Department said Monday that the police force granted permission for the holding of a road trip on Saturday.
The event commenced at 9 a.m. at the Peace Memorial Hall and concluded in Troumaca.
Head of the Traffic Department, Superintendent of Police, Kenneth John said that at previous similar events, a level of reckless driving was exhibited by some motorists and as a precautionary measure, his department deployed traffic officers along the route to regulate the traffic, ensure safety and make sure that the traffic laws were upheld.
John stated that he was very satisfied and happy that no one sustained any injury during the road trip, however, traffic officers had cause to issue 40 traffic tickets to motorists who were in breach of the traffic regulation.
He said some drivers were issued as many as five tickets each for failing to comply with the aforementioned regulations.
“The Royal St. Vincent and the Grenadines Police Force wishes to remind the general public and motorists in particular that it is an offence to play loud music in motor vehicles without the approval of the Commissioner of Police and therefore urge compliance to the regulation,” the Police Public Relations Department said.
“Superintendent John thanks all motorists and commuters for their support to the Royal St. Vincent and the Grenadines Police Force and by extension to the Traffic Department. He advises motorists to always exercise caution and care while driving on our nation’s roads. He further advises everyone to wear their seatbelts, observe the road traffic signs and comply with the traffic officer’s signals and instructions at all times,” the press statement said.