The TTPS warns that the police will be out in full force for those who are in breach of rules and regulations.
This was the message sent during yesterday’s weekly TTPS press briefing, at the police administration building on Edward Street, Port of Spain.
ASP Harnarine Rampath, of the Traffic and Patrol Branch said with the upcoming “festive seasons” and the backdrop of Monday’s accident which resulted in multiple deaths, the TTPS wanted to remind all road users of the importance of their roles in road safety.
He said that thus far for this year 124 persons have lost their lives in road traffic accidents, when compared to 138 for the same period in 2015.
He revealed that although this represents a ten per cent reduction, the figure still remains unacceptably high.
He appealed to drivers and all road users to practice safe, responsible road use by always observing the laws, whether or not there are police officers present.
He put drivers on notice that the Traffic and Highway Patrol Branch had commenced its “traffic law enforcement plan” for the festive periods.
All breaches of the Motor Vehicle and Road Traffic Act, as well as the Highways and Insurance act will be targeted.
The DUI (driving under the influence) task force and speed teams will be out in full force as well and have been given a mandate of zero tolerance.
And a special roaming operation unit working with officers from the Licensing Division will be conducting vehicle checks on the nation’s roadways with a special focus on large trucks and trailer units as well.