Police/NGO concerned about road fatalities


A call from Arrive Alive for motorists to be extra vigilant during the Christmas season.

President of Arrive Alive Sharon Inglefield made the call as the Trinidad and Tobago Police Service issued a release expressing concern about six road fatalities in the last three days and 129 road deaths for the year. Inglefield cautioned drivers and pedestrians to be safe and alert.

The release said that of the 129 deaths this year, 40 were drivers, 33 have been passengers, 44 were pedestrians, 11 were motorcyclists and there was one bicyclist.

The police say that these figures represent an eleven percent decrease for the same period last year, however it is still a source of concern.

 

The most recent fatality saw 29 year old Rennie Sookdeo hit four times by four different vehicles in the vicinity of Grand Bazaar when he exited his car to check for damage when it grazed the median. Police described the scene as gruesome.

In the other recent incident, 68 year old Una Belgrave died when the driver of a Mercedes Benz attempted to overtake the Lancer motorcar she was in when the Mercedes touched her car and sent her running off the road. Belgrave died while the other three occupants of the vehicle sustained injury.

Meanwhile the TTPS said that for the year 2015 it has issued 43,000 traffic tickets with an estimated value of 43 million dollars.


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