Economía

7,011 motorists charged with speeding so far this year ­— TTPS

With two fa­tal ac­ci­dents in the past week, the T&T Po­lice Ser­vice is ap­peal­ing to dri­vers to slow down on the na­tion’s roads

With two fa­tal ac­ci­dents in the past week, the T&T Po­lice Ser­vice is ap­peal­ing to dri­vers to slow down on the na­tion’s roads.

In a re­lease yes­ter­day, Se­nior Su­per­in­ten­dent in the Traf­fic and High­way Pa­trol Branch, Wayne Mys­tar, re­vealed that over 7,000 tick­ets have been is­sued to peo­ple for speed­ing so far for 2022. Over 3,000 peo­ple have al­so been charged with us­ing their cell phones while dri­ving.

“Tick­et da­ta from the UTURN Traf­fic En­force­ment Sys­tem in­di­cates that for 2022, law en­force­ment of­fi­cers have is­sued 7,011 fixed penal­ty no­tices to mo­torists for ex­ceed­ing the speed lim­it, while 3,098 were is­sued for us­ing or hold­ing a mo­bile phone while dri­ving,” Mys­tar said.

He said these two of­fences were es­pe­cial­ly high risk and with traf­fic re­turn­ing to pre-pan­dem­ic lev­els, dri­vers need to pay more at­ten­tion to the roads.

Po­lice Road Safe­ty Project Co­or­di­na­tor, Sgt Brent Bat­son, al­so said those us­ing two-wheeled ve­hi­cles were classed as “vul­ner­a­ble road users,” as he point­ed out the two re­cent road fa­tal­i­ties were a cy­clist and a mo­tor­cy­clist.

On Sun­day, 26-year-old Bran­don Ram­dass was rid­ing his bi­cy­cle along the San Fer­nan­do By­pass when he was struck by a pass­ing ve­hi­cle. Ram­dass died at the scene. On Wednes­day morn­ing, 35-year-old Christo­pher Grif­fith was rid­ing his mo­tor­cy­cle west along the SS Erin Road Debe when he lost con­trol near Debe Junc­tion, ran off the road and crashed in­to a steel post. He al­so died on the spot.

“Ped­al-cy­clist and mo­tor­cy­clists have no pe­riph­er­al pro­tec­tion around their bod­ies as com­pared with mo­tor ve­hi­cle oc­cu­pants, thus im­pact forces are di­rect­ly ap­plied to the hu­man body which un­for­tu­nate­ly is of­ten ei­ther se­ri­ous or fa­tal. Both in­ci­dents sug­gest the con­tri­bu­tion of hu­man fac­tor is­sues, as they oc­curred late at night when low vis­i­bil­i­ty re­quires road users to ex­er­cise a high­er lev­el of alert­ness and cau­tion,” Bat­son said yes­ter­day.

Ac­cord­ing to da­ta from the Traf­fic and High­way Pa­trol Branch Rod­way Sur­veil­lance Unit, road traf­fic deaths have in­creased by 24% in 2022 with 62 per­sons hav­ing lost their lives on the roads com­pared to 50 for the same pe­ri­od last year.