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Williams: Cops out in force with breathalyser

Acting Commissioner of Police Stephen Williams yesterday called for more cautious driving following an early morning smash up in Tobago which claimed five lives.

Williams, in a telephone interview yesterday, said policing measures were already in place to ensure a safe Carnival 2013, adding that there would be a continued zero tolerance approach to drunk driving.

"I want to continue to remind people that it is critical that they do not drink and drive. Drinking and driving does not mix," he said.

Williams said police officers would be out in force with the breathalyser.

"Police officers use the breathalyser all the time and this time is no different. It is available and at the disposal of the police who would be making maximum use of it," he said.

Williams said most road fatalities were caused by irresponsible driving and called for more diligence on the road to avoid accidents and fatalities over the Carnival festivities.

"The roads can be dangerous or it can be safe according to the conduct of the drivers. I am urging the citizens to be more responsible on the roads. If drivers drive in accordance with the rules of the road, everyone would be safer," he said.

With regards to the policing on the roads during the Parade of the Bands, Williams said that is usually under the remit of the National Carnival Bands Association and the National Carnival Commission, but assured the country that police officers would be on patrol as well.

"Everything is in place for a safe and enjoyable Carnival 2013," he said.

He reiterated the statements by Deputy Commissioner of Police Mervyn Richardson, who last week said both police and other protective service would be out to ensure criminal activity was kept to a minimum. 

Richardson, speaking at the weekly police press briefing last week promised air, land and sea patrols as off-duty or vacationing police officers have been called in to increase the available manpower.

—Renuka Singh

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