Police Commissioner Gary Griffith commended masqueraders and Carnival lovers yesterday for adhering to the 2020 ban on glass bottles for the Carnival season and also for adhering to the law.
In a release yesterday, Griffith said 126,800 people attended J’Ouvert celebrations by the Trinidad and Tobago Police Service estimates and of those, none broke the newly-introduced Prohibition of Glass Bottles Regulations, banning the sale, use or possession of glass bottles from 4 am on Carnival Monday to midnight on Carnival Tuesday.
Griffith said J’Ouvert celebrations were incident-free although several people were arrested for minor offences during the celebrations.
“The CoP wishes to thank the suppliers and distributors of beer and other types of alcohol for their cooperation in having these drinks distributed and sold in tins and plastic bottles. Commissioner Griffith says the country has accepted that the banning of glass bottles was necessary as it would reduce injuries and possible death,” the release stated.
Griffith said police held road checks at Cocorite, Curepe, San Juan, Morvant Junction, Tunapuna, Lady Young Road, the Beetham Highway, the Priority Bus Route and the Eastern Main Road, Laventille as well as in other areas of the country.
Griffith said attendance at the 2020 J’Ouvert celebrations surpassed 2019 figures.
He thanked all the police officers for reporting to duty and for ensuring celebrations got off to a safe start.