Monday 26 October, 2020

TTPS to begin 'aggressive' campaign: 26% rise in road deaths for 2019

Five people  lost their lives in road traffic accidents over the past few days including the tragic collision on Tuesday, which took the life of female engineer, Janine Carr.

Five people lost their lives in road traffic accidents over the past few days including the tragic collision on Tuesday, which took the life of female engineer, Janine Carr.

There has been an increase in the number of road fatalities for 2019.

Assistant Commissioner of Police (Ag.) Mobile, Joanne Archie made revelation while speaking at the TTPS weekly media briefing on Wednesday.

Archie said over the past few days police there have seen a disturbing number of fatal road traffic accidents across the country with five persons having lost their lives including the tragic collision on Tuesday, which took the life of female engineer, Janine Carr.

She said the death now brings the road death toll for this year to 82 compared to 65 for the same period last year, which represents an increase of 26%.

“We at the Trinidad & Tobago Police Service are very concerned and disappointed by this upward trend as many of these incidents are preventable if persons would exercise greater caution on the nation’s roads by simply obeying the road traffic rules and regulations.”

For this year, over 42,710 traffic tickets were issued to drivers of which 16,435 were for exceeding the legal speed limits and 1,589 drivers were arrested for Driving Under the Influence (DUI) offences.

Archie said this suggests that many drivers are still taking unnecessary chances on the roads and placing both themselves and the lives of other road users at risk.

She revealed that from next week the TTPS Traffic and Highway Patrol Branch under the command of Snr. Supt. Sharon Gomez-Cooper will be commencing an aggressive high-visibility and traffic enforcement campaign with deployment of some of the new motorcycles, which were provided to the TTPS People’s Republic of China.

Archie added that this together with other initiatives soon coming on stream, aim to raise the level of driver compliance with road traffic laws and improve safety on the roadways.

Get the latest local and international news straight to your mobile phone for free: