Jamaica’s National Works Agency (NWA) is to receive speed and license plate cameras from the government.
This was revealed by Minister of National Security, Robert Montague at at the launch of the United Nations (UN) Global Road Safety Week at the Ministry of Transport and Mining’s headquarters in Kingston, recently.
The new equipment will be used to deter motorists from flouting the Road Traffic Act with the aim of reducing the number of traffic fatalities on the nation’s streets.
Between January 1 and April 31 this year, 110 persons have lost their lives in Traffic accidents. Last year the road fatality count was 379
“It will enhance the Road Traffic Act, because it will allow the courts to utilize the electronically generated tickets. We are going to be utilizing technology in assisting, because the police are low with numbers in monitoring some of the activities on the street,” Montague said.
He used the opportunity to appeal to delinquent motorists to take advantage of a new 60-day amnesty to pay fines on outstanding traffic tickets.
The amnesty will come into effect on July 1.
“We want persons to make use of it, because the fees under the new act are going to be more expensive than under the old act,” he said.