JP Whitta attempted to enlighten the youngsters in court on April 6, explaining that a conviction as minor as a traffic offence could hurt their job chances and disrupt future travel plans.
“When you young people are travelling you sometimes get asked if you have a conviction.
“It may not seem like much to you, (it) may not seem so bad, but trust me, if you try to get into a country and have to tick that box, or go for a job, and you have to tick that box, then it could change things.
“You may not get that job, or get into that country.”
Speaking after the court session, Tararo said that there could have been others who had paid their fines, and that their payments may have got “lost in translation” due to spelling variations.
“There is still the possibility that more, if not most have paid, up to the point of maybe (there are) one or two that haven’t. It could be the case of different names, and our people haven’t picked it up.”
Enforcement of the helmet law has not only sparked issues involving young people obtaining their first conviction at the age of 16, but also concern that if this problem continues, the justice system will be jam-packed with dozens of cases regarding unpaid traffic infringements.
Most of these will require offenders to take time off school to appear in court.