The Trinidad and Tobago Police Service, Traffic and Highway Patrol Branch said 2020 saw the lowest number of road traffic deaths recorded in this country in the last 63 years.
But while it recognised the accomplishment, in a statement, the Traffic and Highway Patrol Branch also once again strongly advised all drivers to comply with the laws by obeying roadway speed limits and to avoid the payment of fines and the accrual of demerit points.
It said on the last day of 2020 – Thursday, December 31- all units of the Highway Patrol initiated major enforcement and high visibility policing initiative targeting dangerous and reckless drivers.
That exercise resulted in 269 speeding tickets being issued to errant drivers.
Traffic Branch Senior Superintendent, Wayne Mystar, together with Superintendent Rampersad instructed all Highway Patrol Units to elevate road policing activities across the nation’s highways through Speed Enforcement, DUI and Stop and Search exercises.
Supt Mystar said, “Our latest figures indicate that there were 96 recorded traffic deaths in 2020, which is a historically low figure. This is an astonishing achievement because the last time Trinidad & Tobago experienced a road death figure below 100 was in 1957. Although the TTPS welcomes the significant decrease in road fatalities, every road death was one too many, consequently, we will continue to work assiduously in 2021 to help reduce the road fatality figure even further.”
The TTPS Road Safety Project Coordinator, Sgt Brent Batson, added, “The TTPS plans to expand the iRoadsafe education campaign, which helps drivers make safer decisions and forms part of our injury and collision prevention efforts in 2021, that also includes closer stakeholder collaboration with the Licensing Authority, Arrive Alive and the Insurance Association.” Sgt Batson added, “we will never know whose lives we may have saved, but just knowing at least 25 persons are still with their families because of the dedicated efforts of traffic law enforcement officers is enough reason to double our efforts in 2021.”