TTPS warns drivers to obey laws as road fatalities climb to 63
The Trinidad and Tobago Police Service (TTPS) is urging drivers to obey all road traffic laws and exercise caution when behind the wheel to maintain the positive gains made so far for 2020.
The advice comes as two recent road traffic deaths have pushed the number of fatalities for 2020 to 63.
“Whilst the figure for the corresponding period of January 1, 2020, to August 19, 2020, stood at 79, this 20% decrease could be easily eroded if errant drivers are allowed to continue to disregard the traffic laws that are in place to protect drivers, as well as pedestrians,” the TTPS said.
The release further noted that an 18-year-old died last Friday, a month shy of his 19th birthday. West End Police are continuing investigations as to the cause of the accident.
Additionally, Valencia Police are investigating a hit and run accident which occurred at around 9.30 pm on Tuesday. In that incident, an unidentified male pedestrian who was walking along the Valencia Old Road near the Valencia River was fatally struck.
The TTPS extended condolences to the families of the victims and urged all road users to be responsible and careful on the roadways.
The public is also encouraged to limit their journeys wherever possible to those of absolute necessity as part of efforts to support national COVID-19 risk reduction measures.