Tackle crime first by enforcing traffic laws
So here we go, again. Both the Prime Minister and Leader of the Opposition are meeting to come up, again, with solutions for fighting crime. May I remind these two parties that crime should be fought at all levels, and a good place to start would be the with traffic laws.
Two-plus years ago, then minister of works Jack Warner gave permission for all private cars to be used for hire, a practice that is rampant although still against the law. The powers that be are still to enforce the law or pass legislation to legalise this practice. The corporate world, mainly the T&T Chamber of Commerce, DOMA (Downtown Owners and Merchants Association) and others, who usually wait to judge popular support before sending out press releases in support or against anything, is yet to comment on this practice of “PH” cars.
I am yet to see full-page ads from ATTIC (Association of Trinidad & Tobago Insurance Companies) reminding or putting pressure on the Government to enforce this law by reminding passengers who use PH cars that should they be involved in an accident, they are not covered when private cars are used for hire.
Other common practices which we all see daily and which can easily be dealt with include: the running of red lights; making U-turns; speeding or, should I say, “drivers losing control”; the use of all four, flashing indicator lights for style; driving on the shoulders of the roads; vehicles with smooth tyres; vehicles without inspection certificates; loud music in cars;, coloured headlights or no lights at all; no signals for turning; driving under the influence, and the list goes on and on.
To not enforce the law is a crime in itself and can easily be corrected by having the police out on the nation’s roads 24/7, especially now as they are getting even more cars. The enforcement of traffic laws will demonstrate to citizens that the recycled, empty plastic bottles His Excellency the President spoke about at the opening of the new parliamentary session does in fact have a little liquid in them.