Traffic Court embarks upon site visits

Speeding is determined to be the dominant factor for road accidents.

That was the observation of the Traffic Court during four traffic site visits last week Friday under the supervision of Magistrate Jerry Seales who was joined by Police Prosecutor Corporal Kerry Swan, and other Police Officers.

Cpl. Kerry Swan and owner of the reconditioned vehicle

The court made its way to the Sugar Mill Round About/Mount Toute Road, at the junction of Lance Aux Epines main road and Dusty Highway, the junction of Grand Anse Valley main road and Mt. Hartman, and at the junction of Clark’s Court Bay and Woodlands main road.

At the Sugar Mill Road About and Mount Toute Road, the accident was between a bus and a car, and it is believed that loud noise appeared to be a factor as music played from bars and shops along the roadway may have affected the bus driver, while reversing the bus, from hearing the horn of the car.

At the junction of Lance Aux Epines main road and Dusty Highway, the complainant who has a disability, having one arm, was overtaking another vehicle on the Lance Aux Epines main road.

At the junction of Grand Anse Valley main road, the defendant, Claude Bartholomew who is a Pastor is charged with the offence of driving without due care and attention.

The complainant was riding his motor cycle along with a female when the collision occurred with the defendant’s vehicle as he was making a turn from the Grand Anse Valley main road into Mt. Hartman.

At the junction of Clark’s Court Bay and Woodlands main road, the defendant, Christopher Dowden was coming out of Clark’s Court Bay when there was a collision with the complainant’s vehicle.

Magistrate Seales told THE NEW TODAY newspaper that the site visits were very helpful, and in effect brings the “body of evidence alive.”

He observed that the number of vehicles on the road continues to grow exponentially.

Cpl. Swan indicated that the court decided to proceed on the site visits as there were some difficulties with the measurements taken at the scene of the road accidents.

He said the traffic court regularly visits accident scenes to clear up any ambiguities that may arise in the evidence.

“The site visits are completely normal, completely legal,” he added.

According to Cpl. Swan the court is able to have an appreciation of how the accident happened, and who is liable based on the site visits undertaken.

All the matters referred above are still pending in court for final determination before the presiding magistrate.

A source close to the Traffic court told THE NEW TODAY that over 2000 matters were disposed by the traffic court in 2016.

He said the Public can be assured that great efforts are being made in the judicial administration to secure public safety on the nation’s road.

There has been an increase in recent times on “white markings” by the police on the roads which signify road accidents.

Magistrate Seales has already written the hierarchy of the Royal Grenada Police Force (RGPF) to step up on the enforcement of speed limits and use of the seat belt in the interest of public safety.

During the site visit at Clark’s Court Bay and Woodlands main road, the Prosecutor’s attention was drawn to a reconditioned vehicle.

Cpl. Swan sought to find out from the owner what is the classification of the vehicle which the owner said is a Suzuki Samurai.

The police officer quizzed the owner on what would he tell the officers when he goes to have the vehicle inspected and registered in terms of the colour, and make of the vehicle.

The owner maintained that the vehicle is made in Grenada, is reconditioned and is used to pull wrecked vehicles into his garage.

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