PHILIPSBURG - The Prosecutor Office (OM) St. Maarten made traffic safety a priority in 2016 and processed a total of 5,318 fines for traffic violations and violations at sea, according to a press release on Monday from the OM.
These penalties were issued by the St. Maarten Police Force (KPSM) and the Coast Guard.
“This is an increase of 42 per cent of the total fines issued in 2015. Of the 5,318 fines issued a total of 3,759 (Ed: went) in front of the judge. This is an increase of 894 (31 percent).
“The other transactions were not brought in front of the judge because they were paid by the offenders before the hearing date. The top 5 offenses for which fines have been issued are: - Driving without seat belt (1,111) - Driving without a license (955)/Driving without being able to prove one has a license (604) - Driving without insurance (667) - Calling while driving (646) - Driving without paying road tax (on time) (567).
“Also in 2017 KPSM will be collaborating with the Prosecutor’s Office to ensure more road safety. So more traffic controls will be carried out with an emphasis on: - Uninsured driving; - Tinted car windows; - Driving without a license; - Compliance of agreements regarding cement trucks.”
Each quarter of a year multidisciplinary integrated controls will be carried out in addition to traffic controls which will be held at the border in collaboration with the Gendarmerie.