Some 117 fixed penalty notices for traffic violations, valued at $110,300, were issued by the Trinidad and Tobago Police Service (TTPS) over the Easter weekend.

According to official police reports, tickets issued for speeding were valued at $70,000 of the total amount.

Over the Easter Weekend, several traffic regulations enforcement exercises were conducted by traffic enforcement teams from the Traffic and Highway Patrol Branch, along the nation’s highways, including the Sir Solomon Hochoy, Uriah Butler, Churchill-Roosevelt, Beetham and Audrey Jeffers Highways.

Commissioner of Police, Gary Griffith, led from the front by heading patrols along the east-west corridor, Central and South Trinidad over the Easter weekend.

ACP (Ag) ‘Specialised Support’, Odette Lewis, who spearheaded the exercises along with Snr. Supt. ‘Traffic Branch’, Aroon Ramkhalawan, observes that motorists continue to disregard the rules of the road.

“The Commissioner of Police gave instructions for all Executive Commanders to have increased policing exercises across the nation and we know drivers are being tempted by the open roads due to less traffic,” ACP (Ag) Lewis said. “However, there hasn’t been any ease on public safety requirements and the roadways are a crucial aspect to ensuring law and order is maintained during this challenging time.”

The exercises were coordinated by the four main Highway Patrol Units comprising of Aranguez/POS, Cumuto, Freeport and Debe, with support from special sections, such as the Road Policing Task Force (RPTF), Roadway Surveillance Unit (RSU) and Motor-Cycle Section.

TTPS Road Safety Project Coordinator, Sgt Brent Batson, said he was disappointed that drivers were being complacent during these times.

“We have recorded speeds of drivers at 152 km/hour, that’s a major threat to the safety of other road users and of course to the driver,” he said.

Sgt Batson further stated that drivers need to exercise greater care and caution since injury caused by road accidents will also contribute to a burden on the T&T healthcare system, so supporting the Government’s COVID-19 prevention initiatives includes being responsible when using the roads.

Official police statistics indicate that for 2020, to date, 34 persons were killed in road traffic accidents, compared to 43 for the same period last year, a decrease of 21 percent.