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with Dana Seetahal's murder. PHOTO: MARCUS GONZALES
Ritualistically we learn about
several people dying on week-
ends on our nation s roadways.
Such weekend rituals throw
families, friends, co-workers
and colleagues into denial, dis-
traught and at a loss for words.
Immediately after, a few dor-
mant organisations crawl out
from behind the woodworks to
warn and advise drivers of the
need to be cautious on the
Claims are made of the neg-
lect by the authorities for not
erecting proper safety measures
wherever the accidents take
Calls can be also heard com-
ing from members of the
respective service agencies, like
the T&T Fire Services (TTFS)
and the incredulous T&T Police
Service (TTPS), pleading with
citizens to be more responsible
in their driving habits. Such
calls obviously are ignored.
On the Monday following the
accident we often see the police
out in full regalia, at almost
every intersection along the
Churchill Roosevelt Highway
(CRH). Irony is that rarely do
these horrific incidents take
place at the intersections. Many
of them occur on the Uriah
Butler Highway (UBH),
Trinidad s autobahn. They also
take place when there isn t
much traffic, like in the wee
hours, and too often by people
"coming from a lime."
Similarly, we have often heard
the justification submitted that
"accidents happen." A few of
us are also quite aware that
accidents can be prevented.
With everyone and his nennen
behind the wheel in this tiny,
wealthy nation, where the ratio
of vehicles to citizens is one of
the highest in the world, com-
mon sense should dictate that
not everyone behind a wheel is
a competent driver.
Between the murder rate, the
deadly accidents on our
nation s roads, the many young
people in this nation who just
up and vanish off the face of
the earth; and with the drug
addicts, the rate at which we
are losing our people is totally
unacceptable. Yet much atten-
tion is paid to some redundant
debate which will or will never
take place; nor would it ever
address these concerns. Who
Ever since my repatriation 20
years ago, I have been hearing
about "speed guns coming" in
an effort to regulate traffic
Twenty years and a couple
jillion dollars later, the traffic
light politicians are still debat-
ing the merits of their worthi-
ness. Meanwhile, families are
forced to bury loved ones who
just happen to be on the oppo-
site side of some idiot "losing
control of their vehicle."
Who will compensate the
family of Mr Jagdeo Heeralal,
the farmer who was on his
way, minding his own business,
merely seeking to put food on
his family s table? Would erect-
ing barriers today, after the
fact, make their lives any easi-
er? This is not the first time
such dotishness has occurred
on our nation s road and we
can rest assured that it will not
be the last.
I have said it before, and at
the expense of repeating
myself, the problems on our
roadways begin in the licensing
office. Until that one institution
is cleaned up, thoroughly, we
will continue to mourn the loss
of loved ones every Monday
morning while braying at the
It is high time that citizens
ask the question: What/who
stands in the way of DMV
being sanitised? What prevents
one of our "investigative jour-
nalist" from exposing the sorry
state of this one institution?
Rudy Paul, Sr
PROBLEMS ON ROADWAYS
BEGIN IN LICENSING OFFICE Firstly, I wish to express my
condolences to the bereaved
families that have lost loved
ones on the road recently. I, too,
had that experience. I feel your
pain. I share your hurt.
Yes we can solve this problem.
The causes of collisions can
range from lack of experience,
speeding, drinking and driving,
recklessness and not wearing
In Trinidad our traffic density
has increased. Are we issuing
driving permits at too early an
Who don t hear, does feel.
Parents that give immature driv-
ers fast cars are buying acci-
Why are we so inquisitive to
see if the air bags function ade-
Many fatal accidents involve
members of the protective serv-
ices, I wonder why.
I believe it is imperative all
drivers must attend the defensive
driving course. I did. I am never
in a hurry again. I prepare ade-
quately for the journey.
Imagine four people living in
the same area would go to the
same job site with four cars.
Why the hating? Why not car
pool? Why not compensate the
• Let us educate and train our
children and adolescents in good
and safe driving attitudes.
• Let us have refresher courses
for the older drivers.
• Let us use the media to
highlight the dangers on the road
and safe driving practices.
• Let us enforce and adopt
reasonable traffic laws designed
to prevent accidents.
• Let us maintain adequate
road coverage at accident-fre-
• Let us rigidly test new driv-
ers to ensure they will not cause
• All drivers must be able to
read competently. ALTA is avail-
• There is no such thing as a
"tasker road driver."
• Vehicle inspection. Let us
ensure continuous preventative
maintenance is carried out.
• Your battery and spare tyre
are most important.
• Safety belts must be worn at
• Children must be secured in
the back seat at all times, not in
the driver s seat learning how to
• Roads must be properly
maintained, not only at election
• There should be adequate
• Cars do not end up in casu-
alty after an accident.
• People are not dogs that can
be refreshed with a bucket of
water after an accident.
• Humans are not poultry---if
the injury is severe, they don t
"mix well with masala."
• Driving permits should not
be issued at "watering holes."
• Accidents must not be
reported and settled at the above
• To those who allegedly dis-
pense false permits to unworthy
applicants, how would you feel if
you lost a love one in an acci-
dent where the driver s creden-
tials were questionable.
Just a gentle reminder, Paul
Walker from the Fast and furi-
ous, died in a car accident. Iron-
ic, isn t it? The hot chicks who
encourage speeding are never
laid up in hospital. We don t
need any more Mad Maxes.
Safe driving is an attitude.
Let us all think and drive safe.
Think and drive safe
Dual citizens of T&T and even Green
Card residents of the US will not be eligi-
ble to vote in the September 7 election
unless they become aware of a series of
steps and are willing to jump through
hoops to fulfill them.
Forget whether you have a national ID,
if you do not establish residence and in-
form the ID office of your return, you are
not automatically registered to vote, like
other T&T residents, when you receive a
national ID card.
Eligibility is then determined by the
last date of entry on your passport. If
that date is within two months of the
election date, the ID office will not regis-
ter you to vote, even if, like me, you trav-
elled in June and returned in July,
because the office was not notified of
your initial return.
Who knew? And what sense does all
of that make?
According to the clerk, it does not
have to make sense, it's the rule.
Then what about the date of issue on
my ID card? That should be an indicator
of my return. No, said the clerk, because
it doesn't tell them when you picked it
ceive it so it should be in a database
somewhere or scanned and entered into
And just imagine the opposition leader
promised if the PNM won he would pri-
oritise teaching the history of T&T.
Take that to Massy Stores and see
how much groceries you can get.
No Dr Rowley, your first priority
should be the re-education of our stu-
dents by redesigning all high schools to
accommodate computer rooms where
they can learn to use modern software
and become computer literate in an ever-
increasing technological world.
That way the public will not be sub-
jected to such foolishness when they do
business with government offices.
Also, the private sector will have a
cadre of high school leaving students
who can walk into private sector jobs
and hit the ground running.
Computer literacy a must for 21st century
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