The Trinidad and Tobago Police Service (TTPS) is reporting that for the period January to June 2020, some 55 road users  have lost their lives in  road traffic crashes, when compared to 68 for the same period in 2019.

This is a 19 per cent reduction in accidents, according to a news release issued by the TTPS, today.

In the release, the TTPS also reports that some1,300 motorists  were  ticketed  for  various traffic  offences  since  the  launch  of  the  UTURN  Traffic  Enforcement E-ticketing system, in May 2020.

According to police, this totals $1.3 million of the expected amount to be paid to the State by drivers  and  front  seat  passengers  who  failed  to  buckle  up  while commuting in a vehicle. Drivers also incurred four demerit points for failing to adhere to this road regulation.

In  its  most  recent  road  regulation  enforcement  exercises  on Friday 10th July 2020, the Traffic and Highway Patrol Branch’s Road Policing Task Force (RPTF)  issued 126 Electronic Fixed Penalty  Notices to drivers for exceeding speed limits, failing  to wear seatbelts, driving while  using  a  mobile  phone,  driving  a  motor  vehicle  without  an identification  light  illuminating  the  registration  plate  and  driving  a vehicle at night with one headlight.

The exercises  also  resulted in the arrest of  12  drivers for Driving Under the  Influence  (DUI)  offences,  with  one  driver  producing  a  reading  of 119  microgrammes  of  alcohol  per  100  millilitres  of  breath.  The TTPS notes that this reading  was  over  three  times  the  legal  limit  of  35  microgrammes  of alcohol.

The exercises were conducted along three major highways,  namely the Beetham  Highway,  the  Churchill  Roosevelt  Highway  and  the Uriah  Bulter  Highway.  Officers  also  conducted  exercises  along Main  Roads  such  as  the  Dinsley Main  Road,  Arouca,  Orange  Grove, Tacarigua, and the Caura Royal Road. The  team  was  led  by  Senior  Superintendent  Dominique, Superintendent  Gordon,  ASP  Williams,  Inspector  Charles  and supervised by Sgt Harrylal.

TTPS  Traffic  Safety  Coordinator,  Sgt  Brent  Batson,  expressed  his disappointment that many motorists were still receiving traffic tickets for seatbelt offences.

Sgt  Batson  reveals  that  the  TTPS  will  soon  be  commencing  the  ‘Sit, Click  &  Drive’  awareness  programme  under  the  umbrella  of  its iRoadsafe Education and Awareness Campaign aimed at helping road users practice safer and more responsible behaviour and avoid points on their driver’s permits.

The  RPTF,  the  driving  thrust behind  the  TTPS’  road policing efforts, hopes this will act as a deterrent to motorists, further decreasing the 19% reduction in fatal road traffic accidents achieved for 2020.