Police Force To Get 15 New Motorcycles To Help Enforce Traffic Laws

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The Royal Antigua and Barbuda Police Force will have as many as 15 motorcycles added to its current number, for the purpose of ensuring greater adherence to the traffic laws.

According to Chief of Staff, Lionel Hurst, the government is persuaded that the absence of fear of prosecution for speeding in the City and on rural highways, and for disobeying light signals with impunity, can be successfully discouraged by the issuance of traffic tickets by highly mobile police.

The motorcycles will become available in a few months.

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8 COMMENTS

  1. Drivers in Antigua are reckless because there is no penalty for their dangerous driving unless they get into an accident. There are no Traffic Police on the roads enforcing traffic laws and pulling over dangerous drivers and so drivers have no fear of repercussion. They know that if they drive dangerously, there are no police on the roads to stop them. So, they continue driving dangerously. They are only penalized if and when their bad driving causes a road accident.

  2. It would also be nice if more signs are put up indicating the speed Limit for certain areas so People cant say they didn’t know

    Also It would be nice if more STOP Signs are put up in places where they have fallen down or don’t have visual contact like the one that was knocked down in Mckinnons by Cheryl at the corner by Island inn. People seem to forget that they don’t have right of way and also should not be speeding down by that intersection..That is where the speed bumps are needed! The other STOP SIGN is right at the back of Christ The King High School just after you pass the back gate leading to the mechanic place.. crazy and at the junction my Maria Browne’s office they love to come out like they not supposed to stop and access.

    Too bad traffic lights cants be put by Extreme Gym..and the lines there needs to be repainted..Also by the junction of Friars Hill Road and Caribbean Water Treatment. They dont like to let people out at all..very selfish drivers

  3. LET’S HOPE THAT THESE MOTOR CYCLES WILL BE PROPERLY CARED FOR AND PROLERLY MAINTAINED…..

    THE CONDITION OF THESE MOTOR CYCLES SHOULD ALSO BE AUDITED & ACCOUNTED DAILY.

    OUR POLICE OFFICERS NEED TO BE MORE RESPONSIBLE FOR GOV’T ASSETS AND DO TAKE SUCH ASSETS FOR GRANTED.

  4. INJECTING FEAR OF PROSECUTION? – MAULED WITH TICKETS – RISKY AFFAIR

    No denying that some motorists have been using the public Highways and By-ways with ‘…reckless abandon and reckless disregard’ to the safety of all road users;

    (i) …Pedestrians; and

    (ii) …Motorists.

    It would be foolhardy to embark upon ‘…Injecting Fear of Prosecution’ in motorists, the ‘…Police Service.’

    The Service would not only run the risk of being seen as ‘…oppressive,’ but also as being used as another ‘…Revenue Stream.’

    Not sure that the indiscriminate issuance of ‘…Traffic Tickets,’ left, right and center, may have the desired effect on motorists.’

    From a professional law enforcement perspective respecting;

    (i) Training;

    (ii) …Knowledge; and

    (iii) …Practical experience in Traffic Control and Management,’ ‘…Injecting Fear of Prosecution,’ on a ‘…particular section of the society,’ not only appears as reckless a thought, but also counter-productive to ‘…Police/Public Relations.

    But do know that to suggest that ‘…Law enforcement,’ more specifically, ‘…Acting Commissioner and Traffic Commissioner Atlee Rodney’ to set upon motorist, officers with ‘…Pit Bull-like mentality,’ many are bound to be ‘…Mauled With Tickets.’

    Not even in ancient times that ‘…Sir Robert Peel,’ organizer of the ‘…British Metropolitan Police Forces,’ the model of which currently in operation in most of the ‘…British Commonwealth,’ has ever;

    (a) …Advocated;

    (b) …Countenance’ overzealousness and indiscretion.’

    The most ‘…Profound of Peel’s Principles’ are these;

    ‘…To maintain at all times a relationship with the public that gives reality to the historic tradition that the Police are the Public and the Public are the Police;

    …The Police being members of the public who are paid to give full-time attention to duties which are incumbent on every citizen, in the interests of community welfare and existence’ [Principle 7].

    Firstly, it should be recognized by the office holder who ‘…Commands and Control the Police Service; [Section 6: Chapter 330].

    Secondly, the office holder shall know that he/she is not subservient to ‘…any Minister of Government and no Police authority’ [1968: R v Metropolitan Police Commissioner Raymond Blackburn ex p v Regina].

    Even as has been alluded to, that which the Commissioner/Traffic Commissioner shall be mindful, is that the ‘…Police are the ones who must interface and interact with the citizenry.’

    Certainly, not the Chief of Staff, Lionel ‘Max’ Hurst.

  5. ZDK or Pointe FM please give Mr Pompey a program, 3 hours similar to Uncut. let him talk for 2hrs and 50 minutes then open the lines for 10 minutes. Mr Pompey’s vast knowledge needs to be shared with a wider audience.

  6. Absurdity

    There is an established problem that requires an immediate solution.

    You do not fix it by by playing ring-a-ring-a-rosy.

    six (6) motorcycles are not nearly enough to be effective. These motorcycles will be used 24/7, how long do you think they will last?

    Then right back to square one.

    Purchase 30 used motorcycles from Japan for the cost of the six new ones.

    By the way this and other measures are only needed because of the quality of citizens the political parties are hatching. The core problem is not a lack of policing but the failure of the educational and religious organizations to be effective.

    But then again these systems are doing exactly what they were designed do create dis-ease. It is for us to go in the opposite direction and uncover what was which is no need for ant of these systems.

  7. Now just found out that it is not considered illegal or law threatening for people not to INDICATE..what the hell is that!? Is that why this practice..this new rage is all out rampant now?It is sooo annoying when people do not indicate. The new form of indicating is them braking..then they turn either left or right!!

    When you waiting to come out and the person doesn’t indicate until the last minute( if at all) that they are going to turn into the street you are on and you miss a chance to come out only to meet traffic coming down that don’t want to give you a chance and you are stuck for wayy longer…so annoying!

    Driving in Antigua is enough to give you:

    a. ROAD RAGE
    b. A Hernia
    c. A mental disorder

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