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Vershon arrested by cops for over 100 unpaid traffic tickets?

Vershon arrested by cops for over 100 unpaid traffic tickets? Featured

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Rumours are circulating online that dancehall artiste Vershon was arrested by cops on Friday night after they pulled him during a routine traffic stop in Half Way Tree and ran his licence only to find that he had over 100 unpaid traffic tickets. 

 

It is unclear whether the artiste has been released, but the 'Mercy a God' singer did not receive any particular favours or mercy from the cops who reportedly put him in the back of a radio car. Motorists recently took advantage of a recent traffic amnesty which allowed them to pay outstanding fines without any additional penalties. The government has been pondering whether to extend that particular traffic ticket amnesty that ended on Tuesday. Many Jamaicans have been lobbying for an extension of the amnesty.

 Speaking in Parliament on Tuesday, Minister of National Security Robert Montague said it is customary for both Houses of Parliament to consider the extension of initiatives like the amnesty, prior to the final day of the initiative, but in the case of the traffic ticket amnesty, there was no sitting of Parliament last week to facilitate that action.

 “Therefore, I am going to be asking my colleagues in Cabinet to give consideration for an extension, based on the overwhelming amount of calls to the ministry, to Tax Administration Jamaica, and to the police, for an extension,” he was reported as saying. 

A total of $471 million has been collected since the start of the amnesty on August 2.

The minister said 168,690 traffic tickets had been processed from 45,000 phone calls to the amnesty’s call centre.

 

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