Over 100Mil Collected by Jamaica Government for DRMA Violations

The Government has stated that over 101 Million dollars have already been collected due to violations, of the Disaster Risk Management Act. The information was given based on a request made to the Court Administration division by the Jamaica Observer and according to them over 3,891 people has been charged on average an amount of 26,047 for the first quarter of the year.

According to the information provided, over $101,348,877 has been overall collected by the Government.

The charges concerning the high fees charged by the Government includes hosting an unpermitted event, a breach of the curfew order, causing excess prohibited assembly and failure to wear a mask in a public place.

The information given by the CDA shows where 2,155 persons, were booked for breach of the curfew, with 50 per cent of them being booked within the first quarter of the year. For not wearing a mask, 103 persons have been charged while 1864 persons were charged for Disaster Risk Management Act breaches.

About excess prohibited assembly, 23 persons were charged as well as 30 individuals were fined for hosting events that were not permitted. Even though persons were given fines as low as $1000 people, have reportedly been slapped with charges as high as $250,000.

According to Prime Minister Andrew Holness, Jamaica is still under the Disaster Risk Management Protocols, and it is the Government’s responsibility to take actions and not just talk.

For that statement made, the truth can be seen in the figures that have been released by the CAD showing the number of persons charged and the amounts they had to pay. 37 people, were also detained for not paying fines slapped on them.





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