DAZZLE CARRINGTON (NYLO Intern)
Acting Snr Supt Basdeo Ramdharine on Wednesday warned members of the public to be more careful on the nation’s roads. He said there was a total of 66 accidents and 72 fatalities since the start of the year.
Ramdharine said 49 percent of the accidents over the last three years involved a single driver and his/her vehicle. He believes that the drivers who travel alone are at a higher risk as they are more likely to fall asleep or get distracted and if left unchecked, the number of road fatalities will surpass that of 2016.
“The police service would like to see an enforcement of the laws by citizens,” said Ramdharine who quoted the number of speeding tickets issued this year alone to be 13,002. He also said that the highway and traffic branch alone have issued 21,606 suffix penalty tickets. Road safety Coordinator, Brent Batson advised parents of students who are attending new schools to do a “dry run” of the unfamiliar route before school starts. He said that as the new school term begins next week motorists should be especially aware of the expected traffic that comes with it. He warns drivers to be more alert not just for themselves but for the people around them.
Police officers will be out there in their numbers to try to manage the traffic situation.