Friday, January 19, 2018

Barrier issue ‘to be addressed’

There are no cable barriers along the roadway where three members of a family were killed on Sunday.

Mahadeo Ramcharan, 47, his wife, Nanda, 36, and their 13-year-old son, Nyron, were killed in the motor vehicular accident along the south-bound lane of the Uriah Butler Highway, near the Endea­vour Flyover.

Public information officer of the T&T Police Service (TTPS) Inspector Wayne Mystar said yesterday no cable barriers are in place in the area of the accident. However, he was hopeful this issue would be looked at and addressed in the near future.

Speaking at the weekly police news conference in Port of Spain yesterday, Mystar said: “We have a road traffic team that Brent Batson is a strategic member of, and from time to time, they make recom­mendations for cable barriers to be placed in areas along the highway.” He then added, “With respect to that area of the accident, there were no cable barriers in that area. But I am hoping that this is something that will be looked at and addressed in the not too distant future.”

Mystar also reminded citizens they need to continuously exercise due diligence and caution whenever they drive on the roads.

“At the end of the day, we (the TTPS) give information to the public and enforce the laws, but despite that, there is still what we call an individual responsibility of all drivers in Trinidad and Tobago to adhere to the traffic laws.

“We are not responsible for a driver who, at a particular time, decides to break the speed limit and, as a result of that, causes tragedies to take place. But even with that, we will still continue to be vigilant in our road-traffic efforts, implementations and observations, and we are asking members of the public once again to please exercise due diligence and adhere to traffic laws,” Mystar said.