The Trinidad and Police Service (TTPS) is issuing another reminder to drivers to “Drive Sober”, especially during this Carnival season.
This, as five people are expected to appear in court today, Tuesday 18th February, on charges of driving a vehicle with breath alcohol levels exceeding the prescribed legal limit.
There are reports of an oil spill occurring on St. Ann's Road in the vicinity of Queen's Hall, today.
According to a statement from the Ministry of Rural Development and Local Government, the Port of Spain City Corporation's Disaster Management Unit raised an alert about the spill, this morning.
According to the ministry’s release, members of the Trinidad and Tobago Fire Service were on the scene, dealing with the spill.
Citizens were urged to proceed with caution and follow the directives given by officials on the scene.
Former Works and Transport Minister Dr Suruj Rambachan said yesterday’s accident along Mosquito Creek was a disaster waiting to happen.
In a press release, Dr Rambachan said the recently opened section along the Creek was opened without any shoulder, and very narrow lanes. He says it is an example of the carelessness of the current government in treating with the lives and safety of citizens.
With the New Year only 10 days old, already there have been five road traffic fatalities recorded for the year 2020.
And the Trinidad and Tobago Police Service (TTPS) is appealing to motorists to exercise greater care and caution when driving on the nation’s roadways.
In an official statement, the TTPS notes that of those five fatalities already recorded, two of those have occurred in Tobago.
“Buckle up in the backseat, too!”
That’s the appeal from the President of Arrive Alive, Sharon Inglefield.
According to the Arrive Alive president, in 2019, there was an increase in passenger deaths, in the overall road fatalities statistics.
And she is urging government to look closely at those statistics when making decisions about the nation’s roads, and creating policies to change driver behaviour.
Every time an accident happens, as a Road Safety Officer, "It feels like you failed".
That's according to TTPS Road Safety Coordinator Brent Batson at the 6th Annual Road Saftey Awards ceremony today.
With 30 road deaths for the year already, the Association of Trinidad and Tobago Insurance Companies is calling for the implementation of several measures, including parents limiting young drivers on the nation's roads at nights.
The association issued a statement today also calling for increased police presence on the nation's roads and the erection of proper barriers on the highways.
The following is ATTIC's statement: