FLASHBACK - A police officer on road exercises, at the beginning of this year.

The Police Service is reminding the public to be mindful of road safety this Christmas season, especially as there will be heightened police presence across the nation’s highways and byways over the next couple of months.

Commissioner of Police, Gary Griffith, recently mandated an increase in road policing activities across the country at this time, as part of nationwide anti-crime initiatives during the Christmas season.

That mandate and increase police exercises appear to be working, as 42 errant motorists from various communities in South Trinidad were ticketed for various poor road safety practices, on Tuesday 15 December 2020.

An official release from the TTPS says the road safety and regulation exercises were conducted in Guapo, Fyzabad and Cedros on December 15th by officers of the South-Western Division Traffic Unit (SWDTU).

SWDTU officers issued tickets for various offences, including:

● 30 tickets for speeding

● Three for no children’s booster seats

● Nine miscellaneous charges for failing to wear seatbelts, having no horns, defective tyres and damaged registration identification plates

The TTPS release also says the Police Service has recorded a 25% decrease in fatal road traffic accidents as compared to the same period last year.