Pedestrians now face jaywalking fines

MyVueNews Staff-writer

Basseterre, St. Kitts, 1st March, 2018 (MyVueNews.com) – The Traffic Department of the St. Christopher and Nevis Police Force will begin issuing tickets to persons who ‘jaywalk’ in the vicinity of the junctions with traffic lights.

Jaywalking is the illegal and dangerous crossing of the road without the authorisation of the signal lights and without using the pedestrian crossings.

The signal lights system provides time when pedestrians can safely cross using the pedestrian crossing. To cross otherwise, pedestrians risk being struck and seriously injured by a vehicle.

Since the activation of the traffic lights system in Basseterre, several pedestrians have ignored the signals and have created some close calls. Some drivers have complained publicly on radio talkshows about that situation.

Police have warned pedestrians not to jaywalk. Inspector Carl Caines of the Traffic Department said on a recent radio program that the jaywalking practice must stop, and urged the pedestrians to do what is right.

But persuasion is no longer an option for the Traffic Police. As of Thursday, 1st March, 2018, Officers and Traffic Wardens will issue tickets to Pedestrians caught jaywalking.

Such pedestrians will be out-of-pocket $250, to be paid within 24 hours, or face stiffer penalties and Court time.

But, there is also the larger issue of how pedestrians on St. Kitts have been crossing the roads without due care, sometimes with displays of rudeness toward drivers, and the general belief that they can walk as slowly as they wish, thus holding up the traffic flow.

It is behaviour, some say, that is now an abuse, with little regard for their own personal safety, as well as for drivers and their passengers.

With increasing numbers of vehicles on the road, especially at peak hours during the day, some persons have been calling for better pedestrian crossings that are safe during the day, as well as at nighttime.

 

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