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Curfew violators could face $1000 fine, 3 months in jail

- Curfew Act passed in House of Assembly; Hon Fraser calls for stronger penalties
The Curfew Act 2017 was passed in the House of Assembly on October 5, 2017. Photo: VINO
Opposition Member Hon Julian Fraser RA (R3) has called for stronger penalties for violating the Curfew Act 2017. Photo: VINO/File
Opposition Member Hon Julian Fraser RA (R3) has called for stronger penalties for violating the Curfew Act 2017. Photo: VINO/File
DUFF’S BOTTOM, Tortola, VI - During the Tenth Sitting of the Second Session of the Third House of Assembly (HoA) on Thursday October 5, 2017 at the Save the Seed Energy Center in Duff's Bottom, Tortola, the Curfew Act 2017 was passed in order to give the government power to impose a curfew without the governor declaring a State of Emergency.

Premier and Minister of Finance Dr The Honourable D. Orlando Smith (AL) said, “This curfew was put in place because the power was gone and the place was in darkness and because there was inappropriate activities such as looting. Many of the businesses were affected severely and in order to restore order and to maintain the confidence of businesses and the community, this curfew was put in place.

He further explained that his government did not want to continue the state of emergency indefinitely but they wanted to continue the curfew and they felt that it was imperative to bring the new bill to the HoA to be set in place. For the bill to become law, Governor Augustus J. U. Jaspert must approve the bill.

The new bill states that any person who is in violation of the curfew without lawful excuse will pay a maximum fine of $1,000, serve up to three months in prison or both.

The curfew has since been adjusted and now runs from 10:00 PM to 6:00 AM daily.

“Stronger penalties”- Hon Fraser

While Members of the House, from both sides, were in support of the Curfew Act 2017, Opposition Member Honourable Julian Fraser RA (R3) believed there should be stronger penalties for persons in breach of the curfew.

“People are breaking into your property and taking what you own. We are telling people ok, the maximum penalty is $1,000. If I go out one night and I steal $10,000 worth of products; what is $1,000? Ten percent. Sounds like a good business deal to me. Pay $1,000 and you go home with $9,000.”

“Bill gives sufficient flexibility”- Hon Walwyn

Minister for Education and Culture, Honourable Myron V. Walwyn (AL), while giving his contribution to the debate, stated that he is in full support of the Curfew Act 2017 and  commented that the bill gives “sufficient flexibility” while outlining some of the benefits.

“You have a curfew and you have a natural disaster and you want to get the country back to normalcy as quickly as possible but business people can’t come out and clean up their businesses and different things after the curfew time and that in and of itself could be counterproductive to moving the forward in a very swift way. So in the legislation, there are provisions for exemptions,” explained the minister.

He continued, “So within the order you can give an exemption to a particular class of persons or individuals that you know the service that they are providing is perhaps important to the overall recovery effort. So while the curfew might be in place for everybody else, because of the nature of the work under any circumstances that these persons may perform, they can be properly exempted under the piece of legislation.”

Hon Walwyn during his contribution, used an example to further explain why the bill gives good flexibility. He said, “If a hotel worker is to say I’m coming from work and I’m going straight home...but if the hotel worker coming from work make a stop by the rum shop to get a little shot of Brugal, you will be captured by the law because it says without any detour or any stops.”

22 Responses to “Curfew violators could face $1000 fine, 3 months in jail”

  • we the people (06/10/2017, 13:28) Like (5) Dislike (19) Reply
    Lift the crewfew this is bull sh...
    • Still Sleeping (06/10/2017, 17:33) Like (10) Dislike (1) Reply
      We need early election..Let the people decide the way farword and who they think best can lead us out of this situation because this situation is bad. This Road to recovery is long... Let the people go to the Pole with-in the Next 6 Months. Let us decide who we trust to take us forward. At the present most people are not comfortabe and have little confidence in this administration.
      • You think so? (06/10/2017, 19:15) Like (3) Dislike (0) Reply
        Yall trust this group for two terms back to back and now we reaping the reward for it. Some of us like to jump on social media and blast politicians when things not sailing smoothly, knowing full well we vote for them with the promise of reward behind closed doors. So it might be our fault as well. Before anyone vote next election I hope they ask themself this "what does it profit a man to gain the world and lose his soul?"
    • one eye (07/10/2017, 02:30) Like (0) Dislike (1) Reply
      Well I like the extension
  • Concerned (06/10/2017, 14:12) Like (8) Dislike (1) Reply
    Hotels or businesses should close early to comply with the curfew hours. Accept no excuses.
  • Irma (06/10/2017, 15:26) Like (19) Dislike (1) Reply
    I am all for the curfew system. It amazes me how quick an act was passed. Persons are being victimized by landlords, gouged by numerous businesses and what legislation is being drafted? Can someone take a guess.
    • Looters (06/10/2017, 16:07) Like (2) Dislike (0) Reply
      And to add to that "Irma", do you want to be victimized by looters and other criminals too? Nothing like a power blackout to bring them out from under their rocks.

      I have a couple of vicious dogs in my yard to give me a chance against them. What do you have?

      • New Law (06/10/2017, 19:22) Like (1) Dislike (1) Reply
        "Business emergency reserve Fun" This is an issue need to address....seriously....A Two months emergency Reserve fun for situation like this should it happen again all salaries would be guaranteed for 2 months....layoff will be very minimal....They are all business people and they dont really care about emplyees....
  • rubbish (06/10/2017, 15:46) Like (5) Dislike (2) Reply
    The detour aspect is hogwash. Unless you actually meet someone at a bar etc its useless. If Im driving you cant tell me where Im coming from or going to, you have to take my word for it. Just like the labour code, it looks great but will be useless. Like a big bad guard dog at your gate with no teeth and a sore throat.
  • The Governor is been played.. (06/10/2017, 17:27) Like (7) Dislike (1) Reply
    The Curfew is needed but it should be done and control by the Govrrnor. Why go to Legco to make Law to undermine the Governor...With the govrrnment in control can you imaging the amount of passes will give out to friends and families and associates most of who dont need it....
  • wize up (06/10/2017, 18:35) Like (4) Dislike (0) Reply

    All non belongers and all non productive persos should leave the territory: the risk of crime is to great; its bad enough to have your fellow BV Islander grabbing your sh*t much less some non belonger who then package your items for exports to thier country and some of you want us VI Lander to laugh off such conduct: there is good and bad in every walk of life: this territory no longer have anything to offer any persons that is not or no longer gainfully employed and they should return to thier county of origin until such time( now say what you deserve)

    • to wise up (07/10/2017, 06:25) Like (5) Dislike (0) Reply
      So you remove all expats from the country..can you guys rebuild on your own?.. I understand you are xenophobic but please stop the ignorance...
      • wize up (07/10/2017, 10:21) Like (1) Dislike (0) Reply
        @ to the wize up: ready before flapping your gumbs: you sound just an expat that his in this place for only 4 major reasons: the 15 and of each month also send money via money gram or western union(yes 4 prime reasons) looking work so talk that was well:
    • @wize up (07/10/2017, 07:01) Like (2) Dislike (0) Reply
      I agree 100% In time of disaster with limited resources and limited Jobs Leaders put their Own first... Immigration is ok..Labour is weak..Sorry to say it wont happen because all of them have businesses which are supported mostly by the Work permit people....
      • lmao (08/10/2017, 14:27) Like (1) Dislike (0) Reply
        That will only make matters worst. A hurricane doesnt automatically make ppl marketable for certain jobs. Force businesses to hire just based on nationality and they wil simply cut their losses and go elsewhere.
    • south american (07/10/2017, 14:12) Like (2) Dislike (0) Reply
      I understand what u are saying 'but not all people that live tola from another country are bad.u dont need to act in that way wize up 'u sound racial there 'just remember it just had a destructive hurricane there and now not the time to talk bad ok, time for god and a lot of praying ok, have a clean heart 'god watching.I love tola and the people, but you change your mentality.
  • voter (07/10/2017, 02:33) Like (2) Dislike (0) Reply
    Another reason wht ndp must go!
    • wize up (07/10/2017, 13:05) Like (0) Dislike (0) Reply
      & voter: I second your motion because big United States of American did in fact turn back non USA Citzens BUT we chose to elected to govern our territory's affairs and progress have a totally different agenda than the citizen of these BVI and the time is ripe for a change(nothing personal but change is a must at this time) God Saved the Queen
  • My two pennies (07/10/2017, 04:02) Like (0) Dislike (0) Reply
    I just hope the Curfew Act does not address time frames for people to be off the Road Only..but would address , landlords, price gouging, powers of external police officers, looters, opening and closing hours of businesses during curfew etc. I agree with Fraser this time, the fines and or confinement needs to send a strong message to perpetrators.
  • one eye (07/10/2017, 13:19) Like (0) Dislike (0) Reply

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