Monday 30 March, 2020

Don’t mix drugs and driving this Carnival, police warn

Photo courtesy The Trinidad and Tobago Police Service.

Photo courtesy The Trinidad and Tobago Police Service.

Driving under the influence of drugs and alcohol will result in immediate arrest.

At the weekly police press briefing on Wednesday, Sgt Orcil Phillip Traffic & Highway Patrol Branch issued the warning as he offered Carnival Road Safety Tips and Advice.

Drivers were put on notice that there will be increased DUI checkpoints across the country to detect and deter alcohol-impaired driving, as police step up their Carnival 2020 activities.

Sgt Phillip urged fete goers to refrain from “lighting it up” as he warned that parties are also considered public spaces so smoking marijuana at fetes would also result in their immediate arrests.

He said the “smoking” of E-cigarettes or vaping devices was also included under the Dangerous Drugs Act, with the law defining “smoke”, in relation to a substance, to mean – (a) to inhale, exhale, burn, combust or vaporise the substance; (b) to carry any lighted or heated device, pipe or other product, whether natural or synthetic, for the inhalation of the substance in any manner or in any form, and includes the use of an electronic smoking device that creates an aerosol or vapour, in any manner or in any form, or the use of any orally used device, for the purpose of the inhalation of the substance;”.

“Many of these events will have uniformed and plain-clothes police officers on duty so we appeal to you to refrain from “lighting it-up” as this will result in your immediate arrest,” Sgt Phillip said.

Citizens were also reminded of the laws as it pertained to the possession of marijuana.

Anyone found to be in possession of more than 30 grammes, but not more than 60 grammes, of cannabis; or more than five grammes, but not more than ten grammes, of cannabis resin, commits an offence and is liable on summary conviction to a fine of $50,000.

Sgt Phillip also urged fete goers to be mindful of their ability to drive even in the absence of the influence of drugs. He said drivers should ensure that they get enough rest before they get behind the wheel, as tired drivers are considered more dangerous than drunk drivers.

“Drivers are urged to rest before commencing their journey, be it in the car park of the venue, a gas station, mall car park, staying at a friend’s house or booking a hotel for a night.”

He assured that the TTPS will be out in their numbers to enforce the country’s laws and keep all citizens safe.

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