PHILIPSBURG, Sint Maarten — In the first six months of 2016 a total of NAf. 190,316 in fines, issued by the St. Maarten Police Force (KPSM), have been collected. This is an increase of more than 150 percent compared to the same period in 2015 when only NAf. 73,600 in fines had been collected. In total, KPSM issued NAf. 291,500 in fines in the first half of this year.
This is partly due to tighter traffic controls by Police. This amount is also significantly more than the NAf. 188,500 in fines issued by Police in the same period last year. . More than half of the total amount in fines collected in the first six months of this year, some NAf. 100,000, is due to the tighter Police traffic controls.
During these controls, the police summoned those with an outstanding fine to immediately render payment. Moreover, the Prosecutor’s Office is catching up with the backlog in uncollected fines. Residents with outstanding fines are urged to pay this as soon as possible to avoid additional costs.
Non-payment of outstanding fines may also result in an alternative sentence in prison. For every NAf. 50 worth in outstanding fines, one day in prison can be levied for non-payment. Fines can be paid at the counter of the Receiver’s Office on Soualiga Road 6, at Police Headquarters on E. Camille Richardson Street 24 (only debit card) and at the Prosecutor’s Office in the Vineyard Building, Buncamper Road 33 (only debit card ).
Persons with outstanding fines must first visit the Prosecutor’s Office to receive confirmation of the exact amount to be paid.