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The Traffic and Highway Patrol Branch arrested 15 drivers and issued 660 tickets between Good Friday and Easter Monday.

A police release said ten of the arrests were related to drunk driving.

It said four people were also arrested and charged with driving without a driver’s license while another driver was arrested and charged with driving while disqualified after checks revealed he had exceeded the number of Demerit Points and had been disqualified from driving.

The police said 503 of the fixed penalty notices were issued to drivers exceeding the speed limit. Some 157 were issued for various traffic violations including failing to wear a seatbelt, holding or using a cell phone, defective tyres, no certificate of insurance and no tail lights.

The 20 road traffic enforcement exercises were led by Assistant Commissioner of Police Specialized Support along with Senior Superintendent Traffic and Highway Patrol Branch Wayne Mystar.

There were no road traffic fatalities reported over the long weekend. Police reported a 38 per cent reduction in road deaths nationwide.

Mystar, although pleased with these statistics, expressed disappointment that there was a continued lack of adherence to speed limits.

He said 76 per cent of the tickets issued to drivers were for exceeding the speed limit.

He said drivers must understand that speed control is a critical part of ensuring roadway safety and breaking speed limits is tantamount to recklessness and selfish behaviour and would not be tolerated by the Traffic and Highway Patrol Branch.

TTPS Road Safety Coordinator Sgt Brent Batson also added that there was a growing tendency for drivers to increase their speed at night when there was less traffic on the nation’s roadways.

This has led to the Branch ramping up its speed enforcement exercises at night.

He also reminded drivers that the number of demerit points issued for speeding increased incrementally based on the rate of speed recorded.

He said speed exceeding the limit by 31 kilometres per hour or more, could result in a fine of $3,000 and six Demerit Points.