Push to curb road deaths

Police Corporal Superville (centre) shows Works Minister Emmanuel George (right) the new radar gun. Looking on is Inspector Ramachala.

PORT OF SPAIN — National Security Minister Jack Warner yesterday promised speed guns and cameras to help curb the number of road fatalities in Trinidad and Tobago.

Warner was speaking at the National Road Safety Public Awareness Campaign, launched by the Ministry of Transport at Hyatt Regency in Port of Spain.

The minister said more than cable barriers and the breathalyser, the Government will soon introduce radar speed guns before the end of the fiscal period.

“We are working on a number of initiatives that have been talked about for decades. We are talking about cameras that can photograph people speeding and breaking traffic lights.”

Warner said these initiatives were already being tested at several points.

“All over this country will have cameras – cameras to catch thief, cameras to catch murderers and cameras to catch those who are speeding.”

He said a large number of road deaths are preventable and only occurred because of a lack of regard for human life.

“Accidents don’t happen, they are caused. The causes vary from speeding to reckless driving, overtaking on the shoulder, the influence of alcohol and drugs, driving when you are tired and the last one is because of stupid people.”

Warner said the surveyor bays built along the highways were being operationalised and one is already fully functional and would soon be used by a highway patrol arm of the Police Service. He said the patrols would be enforced from Fridays to Sundays as those days record higher road incidents.

The campaign noted that over the past five years, between 2007-2011, there have been more than 173,000 collisions in the country, which equated to 34,600 accidents per year, and more than 1,000 lives were lost in those accidents.

For the year up to October 30, 153 lives were lost in road accidents, which is a two per cent increase for the same period last year. (Express)

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