TTPS: Regular road checks to ensure adherence to COVID-19 Regulations

TTPS conducts road exercises on Friday 17 April 2020. (Image: TTPS)

Police Commissioner Gary Griffith has reminded citizens of the current Public Health Ordinance Regulations for COVID-19, and says today’s multiple road checks exercises will continue, as police ensure the public adheres to them.

From 7:30 this morning, the Police Service carried out multiple, simultaneous road-blocks in both islands, as part of its efforts to ensure the population observes the various guidelines stated in the Regulations, to help slow the spread of COVID-19 in this country.

In an official statement on the matter, Commissioner Griffith observed that there were many non-essential people on the roadways who were caught up in today’s road-blocks, and who would have prevented the essential workers from getting to their jobs on time.

Traffic built up on the highway, today, as TTPS conducted road checks. (Image: TTPS)


Commissioner of Police, Gary Griffith, has noted the increasing number of vehicular and pedestrian traffic in various locations throughout the country particularly over the last few days, despite the calls for citizens to stay at home in light of the COVID-19 Pandemic.

The CoP says that whilst he appreciates the many varied circumstances that may present themselves, the National Community is reminded that the respective Public Health and Safety regulations are still in place, and have not been adjusted.

“I fully appreciate these circumstances are challenging for everyone,” Commissioner Griffith states. “However, it is important for the National Community to remember this is simply about mitigating a potential life or death scenario. The National Community has responded generally quite well, thus far, let us not drop the ball now.”

Commissioner Griffith advises that he has had to treat with a number of extenuating circumstances, many times resulting in extending the resources of the TTPS.

One of several road exercises conducted by the TTPS on Friday 17 April 2020. (Image: TTPS)

Commissioner Griffith travelled as far as Chaguanas today and noticed the thousands of vehicles on the nation’s highways, as police conducted road checks across the country.

The CoP says many non-essential workers were caught up during the road checks, preventing the essential workers from reaching their places of employment on time. He says people may be heavily inconvenienced for hours during these road checks.

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Commissioner Griffith says these road checks will continue as police step up to ensure that the Public Health Ordinance guidelines are adhered to.

Heavy traffic on the highway, today, as TTPS conducted road checks. (Image: TTPS)

The CoP reminds that the TTPS will continue to play its role in keeping citizens safe and secure, by ensuring there is social distancing and no gathering of persons in groups of more than five.

The TTPS, he adds, continues to ensure there are no COVID-19 parties, non-essential businesses must remain close, and that citizens remain at home if there is no need to be outside. These are not normal times and people need to stay at home and avoid the chance of contracting this disease.

Commissioner Griffith is again urging members of the public that if there see breaches of the Regulations, to inform the relevant authorities by contacting 555, or by sending messages, photographs or videos to 482-GARY, or the TTPS App.