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Traffic Department issues over 1000 speeding tickets in 15 months

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by Kevon Browne

St. Kitts and Nevis (WINN): Does St. Kitts and Nevis have a speeding problem?

According to Seargent Sophia Henry, during the April 17 broadcast of Traffic Talk on Island Tea, from January 2022 to April 15, 2023, the Traffic Department issued over 1,400 speeding tickets.

“From January 2022 to [April 14] 1,446 were issued for speeding… out of that 1,446, 822 were paid, 392 unpaid, 217 pending at court, and 15 were cancelled.”

The Seargent shared that Johnson Long Path, the stretch of road from the University of Medicine and Health Sciences to the Ross University School of Veterinary Medicine, is a problem area and where the Traffic Department has increased policing for people speeding in the 20 miles per hour zone.

Sergeant Henry shared that speeding tickets do not carry a fixed fine. The fine for the first ten miles over the speed limit is EC$250, and an additional EC$100 is added every ten miles after.

With that in mind, if all 1,446 tickets in the last year, assuming that speeders stopped at 10 miles over the limit with tickets carrying EC$250 fines, the department would be owed EC$361,500.

The speed limits in St. Kitts and Nevis are 20 mph in built-up areas and 40 mph in non-built-up areas.

Watch the full Traffic Talk segment here:

https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=SASRDz88-BM&t=1190s



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