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Cops step up patrols in accident hotspots

By Gyasi Gonzales

ARMED with statistics which concluded that more than 50 per cent of fatal accidents in Trinidad and Tobago last year occurred along the Uriah Butler/Solomon Hochoy Highways, police said they have already stepped up patrols along that stretch of road, especially at night.

An inspector attached to the Highway Patrol Unit told the Express yesterday that since last year they began noticing the trends of accident occurrences and have been putting measures in place.

He said during the day the Uriah Butler/Solomon Hochoy stretch was usually incident free, but between the hours of 8 p.m. to 12 a.m. on Saturdays and 3-6 a.m. on Sundays were when accidents usually occur.

He added that the majority of these accident occur between Preysal and Chaguanas, as well as in the vicinity of the Caroni overpass.

"Resources will be deployed there as well," stated the inspector.

On another matter, during Wednesday's weekly Police Service press conference in Port of Spain, ACP Operations, Raymond Craig, announced that musical artistes will not be allowed to perform on top of DJ truck trailers on Carnival Monday and Tuesday.

ACP Craig also indicated that all music trucks that are to be used on the roads of Port of Spain and San Fernando must be below 14 feet to avoid coming into contact with overhead electrical wires.

However, checks by the Express revealed that artistes tended to remain within the body of the trailer and reserved their performances on top of the trailers for when they get to the stage at the Queen's Park Savannah, where there are no electrical wires.

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