Monday 21 October, 2019

As rains continue, drivers urged to be careful

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As heavy showers continue across parts of Trinidad and Tobago, drivers are being urged to exercise caution on the roadways.

The Trinidad and Tobago Police Service (TTPS) and the Ministry of Works and Transport issued warnings for drivers while during rainy weather as the Rainy Season progresses.

The TTPS said drivers should exercise extreme caution while driving, including using headlights during low visibility weather.

Drivers are asked not to use their hazard lights however, as this could confuse other drivers.

Drivers are also asked to ensure their tires and windshield wipers are in good working condition and to be vigilant of pedestrians crossing.

Drivers are also urged to be courteous and avoid splashing water on pedestrians.

MOWT: Drive below the speed limit

Meanwhile, the MOWT is urging drivers to drive below the speed limit, turn on wipers and headlights for clearer visibility and to plan one’s route beforehand.

Drivers are urged to double their following and stopping distance in order as visibility may be impaired in wet weather.

Additionally, drivers are urged to watch out for road hazards and more importantly, pedestrians who may be trying to evade the rains.  

In May, the TTPS reported that road fatalities had increased by 20 percent in 2019, compared to the same period in 2018.

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