Sunday 22 September, 2019

SRC councillor, alderman questioned by police over protest involvement

An alderman and a councillor of the Siparia Regional Corporation have been interviewed by officers of the Penal Police Station in relation to protest action undertaken by residents of Pluck Road, San Francique last week.

That’s according to a statement issued by the police service on Wednesday.

Alderman Dinesh Sankersingh and Councilor Doodnath Mayrhoo met with Inspector Douglas of the Penal Police Station on March 11 and indicated that between 5:30 am and 8:00 am, on March 8, they went to Pluck Road in their capacities as legal adviser and councillor for the area, respectively.

They said when they arrived at the scene, the residents had already placed burning debris onto the roadway and they advised the protestors against blocking the roadway any further. The two officials further denied that they encouraged the residents to engage in any illegal actions.

Officers of the Penal and Oropouche Police Stations subsequently responded to the report of the protest and the debris was eventually cleared away. No arrests were made.

The police service is once again advising citizens against blocking roadways during protest action. Commissioner Griffith says people will not be allowed to set fires or use debris to block roads and then pretend they do not know who would have caused the obstruction.

The TTPS is advising citizens that blocking the nation’s roadways and highways is illegal and contrary to the Motor Vehicles and Road Traffic Act, Chapter 48:50, Regulation 38, Section (6).

The Act states: “Every driver shall not negligently or wilfully prevent, hinder or interrupt the free passage of any vehicle, person or animal, and shall not allow such motor vehicle and any trailer drawn thereby to stand in such road so as to cause any unnecessary obstruction thereto.”

The statement says such actions disrupt traffic, affects productivity, inconveniences and endangers other citizens and in some cases, delays persons who may be in need of emergency services.

"Any person who commits such offences to the obstruction, annoyance or danger of any resident or passer-by, is liable for each offence to a fine of $200 or imprisonment for one month," the release ended.

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