Monday 6 July, 2020

Gary hails incident-free J’ouvert: Citizens obeying glass bottle ban

Photo courtesy the Trinidad and Tobago Police Service (TTPS).

Photo courtesy the Trinidad and Tobago Police Service (TTPS).

Police Commissioner Gary Griffith says citizens have accepted the ban on glass bottles for Carnival.

The ban took effect at 4 am on Monday and remains in place until the end of Carnival festivities at midnight on Tuesday.

Griffith, who said J’ouvert celebrations on Carnival Monday were incident-free, commended citizens for obeying the glass bottle ban. Up to 11 am, J'ouvert celebrations were without incident.

He restated that the banning of glass bottles was necessary as it would reduce injuries and possible death.

Photo courtesy the Trinidad and Tobago Police Service (TTPS).

While several persons were arrested for minor offences, Griffith said from all reports received, there were no life-threatening injuries related to J'ouvert.

The Police Commissioner also thanked alcohol suppliers and distributors for their cooperation in observing the ban by having these drinks distributed and sold in tins and plastic bottles.

Griffith also gave an update on operations across the country as Carnival celebrations get underway.

Road checks were conducted at various points throughout the country including at Cocorite, Curepe, San Juan, Morvant Junction, Tunapuna, Lady Young Road, the Beetham Highway, Priority Bus' Route and Eastern Main Road, Laventille.

Griffith assured that these checks were conducted to ensure that the citizens and the visitors enjoy a safe Carnival 2020.

He noted that there was an increase in attendance at J'ouvert celebrations when compared to 2019 figures – indicating that citizens felt safer and more secure to attend 2020 festivities.

Photo courtesy the Trinidad and Tobago Police Service (TTPS).

The attendance figures for J'ouvert celebrations are as follows:

Point Fortin - 1200  

Sangre Grande - 4000

Port-of-Spain and Environs- 70,000

Tunapuna - 15,000

San Juan - 1900

Chaguanas and environs - 9000  

Cedros - 10,000

San Fernando - 7000

Tobago - 8000

Siparia – 500

Biche - 200

The Police Commissioner said he was heartened by operations thus far, noting that a security lockdown and successful operations in Port-of-Spain for J'ouvert augur well for the remainder of Carnival Monday and celebrations on Tuesday.

Police officers will be posted at every corner in areas where they are Carnival activities to ensure safe and secure celebrations for all. Police have operational support from the Trinidad and Tobago Defence Force to ensure security cover across the country for the duration of Carnival festivities.

Griffith said he is looking forward to the cooperation of the citizens for the remainder of the Carnival festivities.

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