Increased Traffic Police Presence is Here to Stay

Acting Head of the Constabulary’s Traffic Division, Superintendent Courtney Coubre, says the recent increase in police presence on the nation’s roads will become the new normal.

Superintendent Coubre replaces the Constabulary’s former traffic boss, Senior Superintendent Calvin Allen, who today takes up a promotion to act as the Assistant Commissioner of Police in charge of Operations.

Superintendent Coubre says the increased police presence is to be extended to the entire island in the coming weeks.

And, he says the police have made progress in prosecuting motorists in connection with the government’s zero-tolerance crackdown on public passenger vehicles that are heavily tinted.

Prime Minister Andrew Holness had announced the move last year in response to an increase in abductions of women and children, allegedly using taxis.

Superintendent Coubre says several of those motorists prosecuted for the offence, have since repeated the offence by replacing the heavy tints.

He says the Police will seek to have the license of motorists who engage in that practice suspended.

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