Basseterre, St. Kitts, 27th June, 2018 (MyVueNews.com) – The federation’s first successful ‘Jaywalking’ conviction was attained in the Basseterre Magistrate Court, when Neville Fahie of Newton Ground was convicted of the charge.
Fahie was arrested and charged for the offence on 21st June. He was charged with “Failing to Comply with a Traffic Pedestrian Signal”. He was also charged for “Making Use of Indecent Language”.
Appearing in Court on 22nd June, Fahie was convicted and fined $350 to be paid in seven days or, in default, serve one month in prison for crossing the road illegally when the red upraised hand was showing.
On the charge of using indecent language, Fahie was fined $500, to be paid within 14 days. Failure to do so will result in a 14-day prison sentence being initiated.
Traffic lights were commissioned in St. Kitts in February. As a result, a number of changes were made to the relevant regulations. Section 5.1 of the Vehicles and Road Traffic (Light Signals) Regulations states that a pedestrian shall have the right of way whenever a traffic signal shows a steady “Walk” sign or the diagram of a walking person.
Section 5.2 states that a pedestrian shall not cross the road whenever a traffic signal shows: (a) a flashing sign of the phrase “Don’t Walk” or the diagram of an upraised hand; and (b) a steady sign of the phrase “Don’t Walk” or the diagram of an upraised hand.
Section 5.3 adds that a pedestrian shall comply with all traffic signals that are applicable to pedestrians at an intersection.