Thursday, January 18, 2018

Two vehicles for every driver in T&T

...more speed guns, cameras coming says AG


More speed guns and speed cameras are coming.

Noting that the placement of six speed guns along the highways had resulted in 18,000 tickets, Attorney General Faris Al-Rawi said Government was in the process of adding nine more speed guns at major roads.

He said spot speed cameras would also be placed along the nation's roads “to ensure safety and obedience to the law”.

He was piloting the Motor Vehicles and Road Traffic (Amendment)(No.2) Bill, 2017, in the Senate on Tuesday.

The Attorney General said according to the database at Licensing Authority, there were 1,016,265 registered vehicles on the roads, while there were 654,895 licensed drivers, a ratio of almost two vehicles per driver.

 He said according to data from Arrive Alive, 76 per cent of the road deaths were men, while 24 per cent were female.

Al-Rawi said in terms of the age cohort, 16 per cent of road deaths were persons in the 17-24 age group; 23 per cent were in the 25-34 age group; nine per cent were in the 35-45 age group; and in the 45-54 age group it was 17 per cent.

 He said the fact that the figures were equal for those “perhaps facing a mid-life crisis” and “juvenile drivers” showed that road fatality was no respecter of age.

NOTE: More on this story in Thursday's edition of the Trinidad Express