Saturday 24 August, 2019

TTPS: Drivers have duty of care toward cyclists, pedestrians

With the death of 15-year-old Darius Lucas in Morgua on Tuesday afternoon, the number of fatal road traffic accidents in this country for the year has been pushed to 19.

With this incident, the number of road deaths has equalled the figures recorded in 2017.

However, there has been an increase in the number of fatal road accidents by an estimated 11 percent, as in 2017 there were 19 deaths from 17 accidents, while this year there has been 19 road deaths from 19 accidents.

Lucas is also the second cyclist killed for the year, according to statistics kept by officials at the Police Service(TTPS). Additionally, 50 percent of this year’s road traffic accidents have been pedestrians.

As a result of these numbers, the motoring public and pedestrians alike, are being asked to adhere to the road traffic rules and regulations and to always exercise caution.

While it was acknowledged that accidents can happen, police officials told LoopTT on Wednesday that drivers have a care of duty, not only to themselves but all persons who were utilizing the roadways.

As such, drivers needed to adhere to the speed limits of the areas they were traversing and to always be aware of what was going on around them.

Coincidentally, members of the Traffic Unit of the TTPS, including Road Safety Officer PC Brent Batson, were expected to speak on the matter at Wednesday's press briefing at the police administration building.

More on this as it becomes available.

 

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