Police: Over 9,600 speeding tickets issued in 2018 so far

Police have issued $9.6 million worth in speeding tickets to 9,614 errant drivers thus far in 2018, as motorists continue to disregard the speed limits and engage in reckless and dangerous driving, police said in a statement.

So far, 18 persons have been killed in road traffic accidents.

The information was disclosed by Road Safety Coordinator, PC Brent Batson at the Trinidad and Tobago Police Service's weekly media briefing today.

Maximum penalty for speeding is $6000

Police are reminding citizens that the maximum penalty that a court can hand down to someone for speeding, is now $6000.

The penalty was increased from $4000 to $6000 when the Motor Vehicle and Road Traffic Act was amended in 2015.

However, the fixed penalty for exceeding the speed limit remains at $1000. 

The reminder came from the coordinator of the Road Safety Project, PC Brent Batson at a new conference today.

Seven charged with exceeding speed limit of 80kph

Police have charged seven people already with exceeding the speed limit of 80 kilometres per hour.

The following is a statement from the Police Service:

"Seven motorists have been charged with exceeding the speed limit contrary to section 62:1 of the Motor Vehicle Road Traffic Act Chap 48:50.

The persons were charged during an exercise conducted by the Traffic and Highway Patrol Branch along the east bound lane of the Audrey Jeffers Highway, between 5:00pm and 6:00pm today – Thursday 5th May, 2016.