Thursday, January 18, 2018

‘65% ­reduction in road deaths this year’

File Photo: The mangled Toyota Tercel in which pilots Vishnu Dipchand Shukla and Farouk Khan died after colliding with a truck at Piarco. Photo: ALEXANDER BRUZUAL


There has been a 65-per cent reduction in the number of road deaths recorded for this year when compared with the same period in 2016.
This was confirmed yesterday by Senior Superintendent Mathura Singh of the Traffic and Highway Patrol Branch during the weekly news briefing at the Police Administration Building in Port of Spain.
Singh said up to yesterday morning, for this year nine road deaths had been recorded from seven fatal road traffic accidents.
During the same period last year, there were 22 deaths, from a total of 26 fatal road accidents.
‘Speed guns
helping’

“This leads us to a 65 per cent reduction in deaths. Now while this is not the best, because we always expect zero road deaths, it is good.
“But we believe that we are seeing this reduction due to the enforcement of persons speeding on the roadway, as well as the edu­cation drive we have been on,” Singh said.
He also called on the public to continue to obey the speed limit, noting that up to yesterday morning, 716 drivers had been ticketed for breaching limits.
This number, Singh said, was quite signifi­cant due to the fact that 11,294 people had been ticketed last year since the law began to be enforced through the use of speed guns.