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CoP Gary Griffith on the scene of a roadblock in Curepe on Sunday.

The Trinidad and Tobago Police Service (TTPS) issued 117 fixed penalty notices for traffic violations, valued at $110,300, over the Easter weekend, with more than half of the amount being for speeding.

In a statement issued yesterday the TTPS said despite the many calls urging motorists to obey the rules of the road, tickets for the offence of exceeding the roadway speed limit amounted to $70,000 of the total amount.

It said traffic enforcement teams conducted exercises along the nation’s highways, including the Sir Solomon Hochoy, Uriah Butler, Churchill-Roosevelt, Beetham and Audrey Jeffers Highways.

Commissioner of Police, Gary Griffith, was also put on the field heading patrols along the east-west corridor, Central and South Trinidad over the Easter weekend.

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

“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”.

Sgt Batson called on drivers to exercise greater care and caution since injury caused by road accidents will also contribute to a burden on our healthcare system, so supporting the Government’s COVID-19 prevention initiatives includes being responsible when using the roads.

According to the TTPS, to date for 2020, 34 persons were killed in road traffic accidents compared to 43 for the same period last year, a decrease of 21 per cent.