23 charged with driving under the influence of alcohol

Tuesday, September 20, 2016 - 09:30

Twenty-three drivers were arrested on the weekend for driving under the influence of alcohol, a statement from the Police Service said.

Police say a total of 90 people have died in road accidents for the year.

The following is a statement from the Police Service.

"The Highway Patrol DUI Task Force last weekend arrested twenty three (23) drivers for driving with a breath alcohol level exceeding the prescribed limit.

In its continued efforts to reduce the prevalence of alcohol impaired drivers on the nation’s roadways, officers attached to the DUI Task force of the Trinidad and Tobago Police Service (TTPS) conducted road block exercises between Friday 16th September and Sunday 18th September, 2016.

A total of 23 motorists who were entering and exiting from both the Southern Main Road and Sir Solomon Hochoy Highway were caught in the police dragnet and arrested and charged for driving with a breath alcohol level in excess of the prescribed limit of 35 microgrammes of alcohol per 100 milliliters of breath.

Three of these drivers were also charged for failure to produce a valid certificate of insurance.

The exercise was led by ASP Harnarine Rampath, Inspector Anthony Harford, Sgt. Damian Cadette and Cpl. Ronald Mohammed.

TTPS continues to appeal to motorists to practice safe, responsible road use and to always reduce speed whenever in the vicinity of vulnerable road users such as pedestrians and cyclists.

Four pedestrians were fatally struck over the last three days.

The latest road death is Carl Andrews, an 82-year-old resident of Upper Valley Road Belmont who was attempting to cross the Western Main Road Cocorite, in the vicinity of West Shore Medical Hospital, at around 7:15pm yesterday when he was fatally struck by a silver Mitsubishi Lancer driven by a 37-year-old male.

This incident was preceded by another fatal road accident involving Joseph Sylvan, age 60, who died after being knocked off of his bicycle by a motor vehicle along the Petersfield Main Road, Chaguanas, on Sunday 18th September, 2016, Mr. Sylvan’s death is the first recorded cyclist death for 2016.

Statistics from the Traffic and Highway Patrol Branch indicate that 90 persons have lost their lives in road traffic collisions for 2016, 29 of whom were pedestrians, accounting for 32% of road death victims."

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