Monday 28 September, 2020

Drivers warned against overcrowding vehicles after weekend crash

Carrying more people than a vehicle was designed to carry risks the lives of passengers and other road users.

The warning comes from the Trinidad and Tobago Police Service (TTPS) following a serious accident in Central Trinidad on Sunday which left the nine victims, including six children, with brain trauma, factures and other injuries.

The victims were taken to hospital for treatment and officers of the Couva Police Station are continuing investigations.

The vehicle involved in the accident, an AD Wagon, is licensed for five people, including the driver.

The TTPS said having additional people in the vehicle places the occupants and other road users at extremely high risk, as evidenced by the multiple injuries sustained in the collision due to the unrestrained occupants.

The TTPS continues to appeal to all road users to obey road traffic rules to ensure their safety.

Overcrowding of a motor vehicle is an offence under the Motor Vehicles and Road Traffic Act, Chapter 48:50, under Regulation 38 Rule 16 carrying a fine of TT$1,000 and three demerit points.

TTPS Road Safety Coordinator, Sgt Brent Batson, warns drivers that overcrowding vehicles can compromise the safe operations of a motor vehicle by negatively affecting its steering, suspension and braking capabilities due to excessive weight, elements essential to maintaining vehicle control. occupants.

“Everyone has an important role to support road safety to save lives and keep families together,” he said.

A total of 65 people have lost their lives in road traffic crashes compared to 90 for the same period last year.

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