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ASP warns: Zero tolerance for speeding, drunk driving

...‘Random breath tests day and night’

 THERE will be a zero-tolerance approach today and throughout the rest of the Christmas season with regard to drunk driving and speeding along the nation’s roadways.

Police yesterday issued the warning to motorists, stating that if they break the law, they would suffer the penalty.

In a telephone interview yesterday following the deaths of Melissa Brusco and Sylbert James, Assistant Superintendent in charge of the Traffic Branch Richard Corbette said speeding and drunk driving would not be tolerated.

“We are not saying don’t drink, you know. What we are saying is don’t drink and drive,” said Corbette.

He said there is an increase in the number of police officers along the nation’s highways to closely monitor motorists.

Additionally, Corbette said there will be breathalyser technicians on mobile patrol who will be carrying out random breath tests on motorists who get behind the steering wheel after consuming alcohol.

“So we have taken into consideration the whole of the Christmas season.

“We know that people are going to be partying and drinking, but like I said, we are not against anyone drinking, just don’t drink and drive,” he said.

He added that those tests would not just be carried out at night, but anytime an officer suspects a driver may be intoxicated.

Corbette added police officers will be stationed at different locations along the highways to crack down on  motorists who drive at excessive speeds.

“From the time we get a report of a parti­cular driver speeding, there are other officers lower down the roadway to pull over that driver,” he said.

—Rickie Ramdass

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