A number of officials from the Royal Bahamas Police Force (RBPF) took to the streets of Grand Bahama early Thursday, June 13, to ensure that motorists are adhering to the rules and regulations as it pertains to the traffic policies and procedures in the Road Traffic Act.
Assembling at the busy thoroughfare of Settler’s Way and Coral Road, Assistant Superintendent of Police (ASP) Terecita Pinder shared with this daily, the reason behind conducting the traffic stops.
“The officers of the Northeastern Division in collaboration with our Fire Department are here on the junction of Settler’s Way and Coral Road, where we are enforcing our traffic laws. All of this is in regard to our Commissioner’s Policing Plan for 2019,” stated Pinder.
“Our Assistant Commissioner of Police Samuel Butler has entrusted all Officers-in-Charge (OICs) of the Grand Bahama and Northern Division, upon our own discretion, to come out as officers in charge of each district, to make sure to assist our Assistant Superintendent of Police Jeremy Henfield (OIC Traffic Division, Grand Bahama) with the enforcing of traffic laws.
“As ASP Henfield has said previously, our traffic offences are down for the year 2019, so far. All of the various divisions are working together to ensure that our traffic laws are enforced, so that we can keep those numbers down,” added Pinder.
The exercise on Thursday morning, she noted, is not only to enforce traffic laws, but to also ensure the safety of motorists and pedestrians while traversing the streets of Grand Bahama.
“What we are doing is actually saving lives and saving the quality of life,” she added.
“Even though we are saving lives, we are also trying to decrease the amount of traffic accidents that we have. With traffic accidents, many persons do not realize that there are often injuries and at times life lasting injuries. Quality of life is what we are also preserving when we are on our streets, in regards to our traffic and enforcing our traffic laws.”
Conducting the traffic stops beginning at 7:30 a.m. on Thursday morning, Pinder revealed that a number of persons have been ticketed for dark tints. Otherwise, persons seem to be adhering to the use of seatbelts and having their license plates affixed to their vehicles.
“We have been seeing a lot of dark tints on our vehicles. There is nothing wrong with tints, it is when it becomes too dark and we cannot see the interior of your vehicle, then it becomes a problem. We encourage persons, especially our young men, that love these dark tints to please lighten them up for us.
Meanwhile, everyone seems to be wearing their seatbelts; however, we have persons that are still not going on a regular basis to have their vehicles licensed. We are seeing a lot of that also. But all-in-all, I think Grand Bahamians are following up on making sure that they are adhering to our traffic laws. We want to keep it like that and every once in a while, all of the divisions will come on the streets and ensure that it is being enforced,” said Pinder.
Questioned if there are still persons driving vehicles without license plates affixed to their vehicles, ASP Pinder responded, “We are not seeing that as much. That was a problem sometime last year and the year before, but this time, we have a lot of license plates in now and we have more or less resolved that issue,” concluded Pinder.
Excessive tints carry a $75.00 fine, while persons found driving an unlicensed vehicle will be fined $250.00
In terms of persons found in violation of not wearing a seatbelt, there are three categories of which one can be fined. If a passenger(s) of a vehicle is found without his or her seat belt on, the driver of that vehicle will be fined as well as the passenger(s), once the passenger is of age.
If found in violation of that law, the driver will be fined $100.00 for each passenger not wearing a seat belt, while the passenger(s), if of age, will be fined $150.00.