FATAL road accidents have fallen by 22 per cent compared to the same period last year, acting Police Commissioner Stephen Williams has said.
This represents more than double the target originally set by the Trinidad and Tobago Police Service (TTPS) for this year, Williams said.
However, one road death is still one too many, he said.
Williams made the statements yesterday as he spoke to members of the media following the launch of the new Police Highway Patrol at the Police Training Academy, St James Barracks, St James.
For this year, there have been 121 road deaths from 104 fatal road accidents. There were 137 road deaths for the same period last year. According to statistics from the TTPS, 193 road deaths were recorded in 169 accidents last year. The last two years, 2011 and 2012, the road fatality figures did not cross the 200 mark.
Since 2006, the road death figures had been above 200, with a spike of 262 in 2008. In 2008, there were 233 fatal road accidents in Trinidad and Tobago. Williams believes the rebranded highway patrol police cars will also help in reducing the road carnage and the resultant deaths.
“We set a ten per cent reduction in fatal accidents for 2013, those were targets we set earlier in the year. At this point in time, there is a 22 per cent recorded decrease, which is way beyond the set target. We do in fact hope we continue to realise higher than the target percentage reduction,” Williams said. In addition to the continued use of breathalysers, there are also plans to introduce radar speed guns.
Minister of Transport Stephen Cadiz is currently pursuing the regulatory framework for the introduction of speed guns, Williams said.
The TTPS, however, is currently in the process of locating speed guns, “so it would be a smooth and fast process”.
“Once we get the regulations in place we will have the speed guns available,” Williams said.
National Security Minister Gary Griffith said the process is expected to take place early in the new year.
Brent Batson, coordinator of the Police Service Safety Project, said the figures related to road traffic accidents is a “step in the right direction”.
Batson appealed to motorists and other members of the public to exercise road safety as the Christmas and Carnival seasons are fast approaching, in addition to the increased rainy conditions. See Page 8.