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Motorists and pedestrians need to be vigilant on the nation’s roads during this vacation period.

Motorists and pedestrians need to be vigilant on the nation’s roads during this vacation period.

tt roadYet another appeal for motorists and pedestrians to be vigilant especially during the July \August school vacation period when there is the customary heightened activity on the nation’s roads involving young people.

The advice comes from Acting Superintendent Mathura Singh of the Traffic and Highway Patrol Branch.

He was speaking at the weekly Police media briefing held at Administration Building in Port of Spain today.

Road traffic safety data show that during the months of July and August there is a spike in fatal road traffic accidents, accounting for 15 percent of annual road traffic deaths.

Some of the contributing factors include: Increase in young, inexperienced drivers entering the road network, many persons take vacation leave to be home with families and  engage in more driving activities, drivers not reducing their speeds on wet roadways, increase partying and social activities which often involve alcohol consumption resulting in driving under the influence related collisions.

So far this year 72 persons have lost their lives on the nation’s roadways.

The Police Service said although this represents 9 percent decrease this is still unacceptably high.

The Traffic and Highway Patrol Branch Speed Teams have already issued over 1,597 traffic tickets to drivers for exceeding the speed limit.

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