Home' Trinidad and Tobago Guardian : November 13th 2015 Contents Amid the many initiatives undertaken by Arrive
Alive since their December 31st 2004 inception, all
have one theme in common, and that is education
and proactive prevention of Road Traffic Accidents.
Included in this NGO's roster has been a series of
programmes, projects and educational booths, which
have been a regular sight in various city locations
each year, and which could not have come together
without the assistance and sponsorship of the busi-
Thus far, Arrive Alive has conducted the following:
• Roadwise Art and Essay Competition in 2012
• Having the Trinidad and Tobago Police Service part-
ner with IRoadsafe for a series of public awareness
campaigns and Community Policing by giving out
Pedestrian Road Safety Tip flyers
• Primary and Secondary Schools Road Safety educa-
• DUI Meetings held every Thursday in Port of Spain
and every Wednesday in South. (Call 675-LIVE
(5483), or email Leia@ArriveAliveTT.com (South) or
Christine@ArriveAliveTT.com (Port of Spain) for de-
• Day of Remembrance (Sponsored by BHP Billition
TT and Phoenix Park Processors
• Sober Zones (Introduced in 2005 in order to have a
place for drivers to stop, exit their vehicles and rest
in "sober zones" set up by the Police in conjunction
with ARRIVE ALIVE! where they were provided
with water and/or energy drinks to combat slight
inebriation or fatigue)
• Pedestrian upgrades (Sponsored by corporate T&T),
and many more.
"Dedicated to saving lives & preserving lifestyles"
Road traffic crashes are predictable and can be pre-
Arrive Alive is a non-governmental organization
funded by donations
• Every 16.8 minutes a collision occurs on our roads
• Every hour spent on our roads means a 25% chance
• We rank 15th on the world record for the worst traf-
fic collisions and loss of life - We average approx
200 fatalities per annum - 83% are male; 38% are
pedestrian and most of our fatalities are between
• 2005 -- 2010, we have experienced over 15,000 re-
ported injuries and over 1,000 persons have lost
their lives (80% of fatalities are male)
• As a member of the UN, T&T is compelled to com-
mit to the Decade of Action for Road Safety
launched on May 20th, 2010 for the next ten years
ending 2020 to reduce road fatalities by 50%.
• Road fatalities are predicted to increase by 67% in
developing countries by 2020 without intervention
• UN has a fully developed Road Safety Plan for
member countries to implement
• Arrive Alive's wish list is framed around this action
• UN WHO Action Plan for Traffic Management is
centred around the Five (5) E's of Road Safety
Road safety is a shared responsibility!
The amendment to the Motor Vehicle Road
and Traffic Act has stipulated a prescribed legal
limit on the volume of alcohol permitted in the
blood of any driver operating or attempting to
operate a motor vehicle on the roads of Trinidad
This will decrease the carnage on our roads by
reducing the number of alcohol impaired drivers
who place themselves and others at risk daily.
The legislation imposes serious fines and impris-
onment if any driver is found guilty of an offense
under the legislation.
What is the legal limit?
The legal limit sent is 35 micrograms of alcohol
per 100ml of breath.
A driver's blood alcohol level will be detected by
breathing into a breathalyser -- a hand held field so-
briety testing device administered by a police or li-
What if I am over the limit?
If your breath sample registers a level over the
state legal limit of 35 micrograms, the officer will
take a second breath sample from an "evidential"
unit which prints a ticket stating the time, date, and
alcohol level, officer's name and badge number, etc.
What if I refuse the test?
Refusing to provide a breath sample as re-
quested by the officer will result in your arrest
without a warrant.
Is it sanitary?
Yes, each person is supplied with an individual
mouthpiece which is wrapped in a sealed plastic
sleeve and opened in front of you. The officer may
request that you personally break the seal.
What are the penalties?
1st Conviction: $12,000 or 3 years' imprisonment
2nd Conviction: $22,500 or 5 years' imprison-
ment and driving suspension for 3 years
(This driver should attend Alcoholics Anony-
mous, Arrive Alive or a like programme due to the
seriousness of this offense).
3rd Conviction: Licence revocation
WHAT YOU CAN DO
If you know you will be drinking:
• Designate a driver.
• Use a private taxi or shuttle service, or spend the
night at a friend's place or a nearby hotel or guest
house. (Remember, it takes the average human
liver 1 hour to process one drink our of its blood-
• Encourage friends and family members not to
drive if they have been drinking.
Guardian www.guardian.co.tt Friday, November 13, 2015
Road Wise Art & Essay
Competition Photo Winners.
Arrive Alive booth
Teaching road safety.
Patnering with IroadSafe TTPS.
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