Acting Corporal Kimber-Lee Robinson explains the road laws to a motorist after he was issued a speeding ticket during yesterday’s exercise.

Joel Julien

Officers of the Freeport Highway Patrol issued 51 speeding tickets along the Solomon Hochoy Highway yesterday.

The tickets were valued to be around $80,000 varying from $1,000 to $3,000.

Woman Corporal Robinson along with a team of six other officers including corporals Ali and Mohammed set up the speed trap exercise on the Uriah Butler Highway in Charlieville yesterday.

The exercise started at 10 am and ended at 12.30 pm.

It was spearheaded by Insp Khan-Mohammed.

This was among several road exercises conducted across the country since Old Year’s night.

On Old Year’s night, the Police Service conducted Operation Night Vision across T&T.

In 2020 the country’s Road Fatality Figure was 96 which was the lowest in this country since 1957, Supt Wayne Mystar stated.

“Yet at the same time we are saying one death is still too much on the nation’s road so we are still striving to bring down that figure eve further down for 2021 so we are asking persons to be very vigilant on the road, reduce your speed, don’t drink and drive, get enough sleep and make sure and wear your mask,” Mystar said.

On Saturday Tobago Police issued 46 fixed penalty notices for various offences during separate exercises across the island.

Of those ticketed were 29 drivers for speeding, seven for failing to wear seatbelts, six persons for failing to wear face masks in public and one for no identification lights.

The tickets were issued during exercises executed in the Charlotteville, Crown Point, Roxborough, Scarborough and Shirvan Road Policing Districts.

Tobago Police urged all road users to exercise road safety practices, to adhere to all road traffic regulations and for persons to obey the Public Health Regulations, to reduce the likelihood of injury to limbs and property, illness, and loss of lives.