Traffic Division lists first quarter operations
The Traffic and Highway Patrol Division, have conducted 17,762 spot checks, 1,383 speed checks, 204,045 vehicular checks and 302,361 persons have been searched in the first quarter of this year.
This has resulted in the seizure of 2,166 vehicles and 353 motorcycles and 102,468 tickets issued, of which 5,144 were issued for excessive speeding.
The traffic cops say since January 1 to march 31, there have been 111 road fatalities when compared with 105 for the corresponding period last year. Motorcyclists recorded 38, the highest of all the categories of road users, while private motorcar passengers and pedestrians followed closely with 18 and 16, respectively.
According to the Corporate Communications Unit (CCU), the division under the leadership of Senior Superintendent Calvin Allen, has been diligent in carrying out road safety activities across the island, which includes educating the public on road safety, and also detecting the breaches of, and enforcing the Road Traffic Act.
"We are imploring motorists to do the right thing, stay alive and continue to drive. If you do not abide by the rules which govern the road, you will face the full extent of the law. We must take responsibility as a nation to reduce the carnage on our streets," stated SSP Calvin Allen.
Some 648 offensive weapons were confiscated, including four illegal firearms and 22 assorted rounds of ammunition. Two hundred and eighty nine persons were also arrested on warrant and 2,547 summons served.