Traffic, security arrangements in place for Point Borough festivities
A security blanket and traffic restrictions in Point Fortin for the duration of Borough Weekend celebrations are expected to minimise opportunities to commit crime and disruptive behaviour.
Speaking at the weekly Police media briefing on Wednesday ASP Brian Ramphall of the South Western Division gave an update on the arrangements in place for this year’s festivities in the South borough.
He noted that special emphasis will be placed on Disaster Risk Management, while efforts will be made to minimise traffic congestion to the travelling public.
Borough Day activities will be supervised by Gold Commander, ACP ‘South’, Beverly Lewis, and operations conducted by officers attached to the South Western Division, supported by personnel from other divisions and sections within the TTPS and other law enforcement agencies.
Law enforcement officers, assisted by the Defence Force, will be out in their numbers to provide high visibility around all Borough Day events and non-related Borough Day events inclusive of residences, businesses and coastlines.
ASP Ramphall assured that those participating in the celebrations can expect enhanced public safety and security – all in an effort to preserve public order.
Temporary traffic restrictions have been introduced for the event, and are available on the TTPS social media pages; Facebook and Twitter; and have appeared in the daily newspapers, providing information to the public of the Taxi Stands’ relocation and exit routes.
Three muster points were identified: RBC Carpark, Frisco Junction, Point Fortin; Farmers’ Market, Corner Reid Road and Guapo Cap-deVille; and, Atlantic Car Park, Atlantic Avenue.
Motorists are advised that wreckers will be operating from 6 pm on Friday to remove improperly parked vehicles. These vehicles will be impounded at the Point Fortin Borough Corporation Stock Yard at Melville Triangle.
An information booth will be located at the Labour Office at Frisco roundabout.
Those attending the celebrations are encouraged to observe all temporary traffic restrictions, which are geared toward facilitating the smooth flow of traffic.
Members of the public are also asked to comply with the lawful instructions given by law enforcement personnel.
ASP Ramphall stressed that those who choose to drink alcohol must ensure that they have a designated driver to chauffeur them.
Driving Under the Influence (DUI) Teams will be on duty to ensure strict compliance.
Speed limits will be enforced as the South Western Division Speed Unit will also be out to ensure that drivers comply with our speed limitations.
Women were further advised to remain in groups and update relatives and friends of their whereabouts. Parents and guardians were advised to ensure that children are placed in a safe environment and are properly supervised.