Today, November 15th, is World Day of Remembrance for Road Traffic Victims.
And the TTPS believes this day holds a greater sense of significance, as it is set against the backdrop of Friday’s fatal accident along the Manzanilla Mayaro Road, which claimed the lives a young mother and her three-month-old child.
Police records indicate that 78 persons have lost their lives in road traffic accidents to date in 2020.
The TTPS says although this figure represents a 25% reduction from the previous year 2019, this figure is still unacceptably high due the preventable nature of many these incidents.
According to the United Nations, the objectives of this day are to remember all people killed and seriously injured on the roads; acknowledge the crucial work of the emergency services; draw attention to the generally trivial legal response to culpable road deaths and injuries; advocate for better support for road traffic victims and victim families; and promote evidence-based actions to prevent and eventually stop further road traffic deaths and injuries.
Police Commissioner Gary Griffith also assured that road policing is one of the TTPS’s key national policing goals.
According to him, the sustained efforts of the Traffic and Highway Patrol Branch resulted in a 52 % reduction in road traffic deaths across the nation’s highways.
This includes relentless exercises targeting high risk offences such as exceeding speed limits, driving under the influence, seatbelt-use and distracted driving.
He believes the digital UTURN E-Ticketing platform has also changed the road safety landscape by targeting errant driver behaviour through the introduction of a Demerit Point System for traffic violations.
The Top Cop laments though that the zero-tolerance approach is oftentimes misinterpreted as “oppressive” by motorists who are unable to see the bigger picture, which is to improve a driver’s behaviour and alertness on the nation’s roads.