T&T has recorded a 24 per cent decrease in road traffic deaths to date in 2021 compared with the same period in 2020.
This positive downward trend comes as the TTPS joins with other police organisations across the globe in recognising the United Nations fifth Global Road Safety Week, observed between May 17, 2021 to May 21, 2021. The theme of Road Safety Week 2021 is “Speed Management.”
According to collision research by the Traffic Branch Roadway Surveillance Unit, it is estimated excessive speed contributes to between 55 to 60 per cent of fatal road traffic collisions in T&T and the offence continues to be one of the most ticketed violations in traffic enforcement operations with 8,006 speeding tickets being issued to motorists already for the year, of which 69 per cent were issued by Highway Patrol Units.
In a statement, the TTPS reminded drivers that under the amended Motor Vehicles and Road Traffic Act Chapter 48:50, Section 62(1), fines and demerit points associated with speed limit violations are tiered to how much a driver is detected exceeding the roadway speed limit.
• 1-9 kmh over — $1,000 and 0 demerit points
• 10-20 kmh — $1,500 and two demerit points
• 21-30 kmh — $2,000 and four demerit points
• 31 kmh and over — $3,000 and six demerit points
The TTPS said it will be partnering with road safety NGO, Arrive Alive, to use social media to raise the awareness of the UN Road Safety Week and advised the public “to obey all speed limits as police officers will be out on the roadways ensuring drivers comply with road traffic and COVID-19 Regulations.