Wednesday, February 21, 2018

23 held in breathalyser exercise in South

Twenty-three people were arrested for driving under the influence of alcohol and other traffic offences during a police exercise in La Romaine and San Fernando at the weekend.

The breathalyser exercises were conducted by officers of the Southern Division Traffic Unit at South Trunk Road, La Romaine and Coffee Street, San Fernando, on Saturday and Sunday, between the hours of 1 a.m. and 5 a.m.

The exercises were spearheaded by Senior Supt Cecil Santana, Sgt Vijay Ramdhanie and Corporal Dino. 

According to the Police Traffic and Highway Patrol Branch, 85 people were killed in road traffic accidents in 2013 to date, as compared to 110 for the same period last year—a 23 per cent reduction. 

“To maintain this decline in accidents, DUI (driving under the influence) enforcement exercises will continue to be in effect especially during weekends with special surveillance on young drivers, particularly those on their July/August break,” the Trinidad and Tobago Police Service (TTPS) stated. 

The TTPS appealed to motorists to continue to support officers in their efforts to make the nation’s roadways safer by practising safe and responsible road use and following the road traffic laws.                               —Carolyn Kissoon