Home' Trinidad and Tobago Guardian : November 17th 2015 Contents A6
Guardian www.guardian.co.tt Tuesday, November 17, 2015
With the Motor Vehicles and Road
Traffic Bill 2014 currently under debate
in Parliament Arrive Alive president
Sharon Inglefield is urging authorities
to have the political will to ensure this
piece of legislation is passed swiftly.
Her comments came in wake of several
road accidents which occurred within
recent days including that of 68-year-old
Una Belgrave and 26-year-old Rennie
Sookdeo over the weekend.
Their deaths took place on the eve of
the World Day of Remembrance for road
traffic victims at the Queen s Park Savan-
nah, Port-of-Spain, on Sunday.
The road death figures stood at 128 to
date compared to 144 last year.
Scores of people, young and old, showed
up for the event, some wearing T-shirts
emblazoned with the images of those
who died in road accidents over the years.
Saying that the gap in legislation must
be closed Inglefield said that would enable
technology to support the police.
Inglefield said especially important was
a prescribe system of awarding penalty
points against a person which could result
in the revocation of a driver s licence.
She added: "Because of the gaps that
continue to exist the reckless drivers con-
tinue to push the boundaries and break
We have been allowed to be reckless
for a very long time and we need to
become like the developed and first world
countries and have the proper laws in
place and enforce those laws with zero
tolerance to save lives and protect us from
"We need the political will to make this
happen fast. This bill is much more impor-
tant than any other bill because you are
talking about people s lives."
She also called on corporate T&T to do
its part by having designated "sober
zones" especially as the Christmas and
Carnival seasons got into full gear.
"We would like to see this in their
organisational plans so that the patrons
coming and going... arrive alive so that
they could get back to their families safe
and sound," Inglefield said.
While saying the safe zones have been
implemented for several years, she urged
for Arrive Alive to be invited to all so as
to ensure efficiency.
She said: "This is for the patrons to be
breathalysed prior to driving home. Arrive
Alive cannot just show up to a party. We
have to be invited by the organisers to be
there to include a sober zone.
"Apart from the breathalyser it includes
handing out leaflets and encouraging
patrons to call a taxi or a friend or just
take some time out if they fail the
breathalyser. "These sober zones have
been happening since 2007 but they have
not been included in all the events par-
ticularly at Christmas and Carnival time,"
But she said over the last couple of
years there has been an improvement in
people wanting to use designated drivers.
While we are making baby steps with
regards improvement the recklessness
have continued to exist," Inglefield added.
Expressing her condolences to families
who lost loved ones she also called for a
police presence on the nation s road, par-
ticularly on Fridays and into the weekends
road fatalities are recorded.
Cherry Ann Fairbain-
Antoine yesterday kissed the
cheeks of her daughter and
touched her face in farewell as
she laid in her casket at Santa
Rosa RC Church, Woodford
Her daughter, Brithney
Antoine, 24, was killed in an
accident on Divali morning on
the Churchill-Roosevelt Exten-
sion, heading to Lady Young
Road, Morvant. A car slammed
into the vehicle in which she
was a passenger at the inter-
section of the Priority Bus
The elder Antoine addressed
mourners at the end of the
funeral service saying:
"I ask God to continue to give
me courage to forgive the driver
for what he did and to help me.
I ask God to help me forgive
him for all the days of my life
and her friends. We will grieve
for each other. I have done. To
God be the glory."
She said her daughter accom-
plished so much during the time
she was alive, far less if she lived
to the age of 100.
"I am convinced that she is
not buried today. I know that
God reigns and that this child
was a seed that was planted and
brought forth fruit. She was like
a caterpillar that turned into a
butterfly. I will meet her again,"
Antoine said after learning of
her daughter s death she had
not been able to eat or sleep.
"For this day I am contented.
I give God thanks," she said.
Several friends and acquain-
tances from Bishop s and Trinity
College East, St Augustine Girls
High School, the University of
the West Indies and the Uni-
versity of the Southern
Caribbean gave tributes.
One of Brithney s lecturers,
Prof Kenneth Niles, said he
would be petitioning for her to
get her Masters Degree in psy-
chological counselling posthu-
In the eulogy, Reema Fair-
bain-Wehlage described her as
"an angel, kind, strong-willed,
smiling, selfless who was loved
by her peers."
Roman Catholic priest Fr
Kenneth Assing, who officiated,
told mourners it was surprising
that her life ended at an early
age. He told mourners they
must take consolation of the
fact that Brithney was delivered
He said she was an obedient
woman who was loved dearly
JENSEN LA VENDE
Four people died in vehicular accidents on Sun-
day, the United Nations World Day of Remembrance
for people killed in road traffic accidents.
The four are: Rennie Sookdeo, Una Belgrave, Eston
Mackie and Ishmael Lynch.
According to police, Lynch and Joseph were
involved in a head-on collision along the Lady Young
Road, Morvant, on Sunday night. Police reports said
around 9.30 pm they received a report of the accident
near the walkover.
When the officers arrived they found a Suzuki
Baleno and a Nissan B15 in the middle of the road.
The Nissan was overturned. Lynch died at the scene
while Mackie died at the Port-of-Spain General
Hospital some time later. Police said they got no
further information on the accident from people in
the area and up to late yesterday had not interviewed
the driver of the Suzuki, Kareem Joseph, who had
to be removed from the car using the jaws of life.
Both Mackie and Lynch were in the B15. Police
said they have not determined who was the driver
of the car at the time. Earlier that day Sookdeo was
killed after being run over by two cars when he sur-
vived an initial car crash. The 25-year-old Chaguanas
man survived an accident after his van slammed
into a median near Grand Bazaar, Valsayn, but as
he emerged from the wreck he was hit by a truck.
Seconds later, another vehicle hit him, throwing
his body into the roadway and a fourth vehicle ran
over his body.
Sookdeo, the manager of Cham s welding shop
in Chaguanas, was returning home after celebrating
a friend s birthday party in Chaguaramas. The acci-
dent took place around 4 am while Sookdeo was
driving along the Churchill-Roosevelt Highway near
Belgrave, 68, was killed about two hours earlier.
The accident took place at around 2 am, as Belgrave
was returning from a friend s wake in south Trinidad.
Belgrave lived on Church Street, St Thomas Village,
Chaguanas. Police said the Ford Laser in which Bel-
grave was a passenger was heading north to Chagua-
nas when a black Mercedes Benz, driven by a 28-
year-old St Augustine businessman, overtook on
the shoulder of the highway and collided with the
Laser. The Mercedes Benz overturned on the roadway
and the Laser ran off the road. Police said Belgrave s
body was flung from the car and she died at the
The man is still assisting police with their inves-
tigations after leaving the scene of the accident and
returning hours later. He went to the Chaguanas
Police Station with his attorney to give a statement.
He was given a breathalyser test which he initially
failed. While awaiting the second test he reportedly
complained of feeling unwell and was taken to the
Chaguanas Health Facility.
Read, Watch, Cash
jackpot now $3,500
The number drawn yesterday on CNC3 Crime
Watch for the Read, Watch, Cash Promotion was
Our Read, Watch, Cash Promotion team is now
in search of a new winner.
If the number at the back of your yesterday s
T&T Guardian was 192669 you have won $3,500
You have until 3 pm today to come to the T&T
Guardian office, Rodney Road, Endeavour, Chagua-
nas, with the newspaper containing the winning
number (in the order it was drawn), and photo
identification to claim your prize.
Remember to keep your "today s paper" and
tune into today s Crime Watch on CNC3 at 6 pm
to find out if you have won.
Call for quick action
on Road Traffic Bill
Mom's final farewell for accident victim
Cherry Ann Fairbain-Antoine is comforted by mourners after
viewing the body of her daughter Brithney Antoine after her
funeral service at the Santa Rosa RC Church, Woodford Street,
Co-ordinator of the Police Service
Strategic Road Safety Project, Brent
Batson, assured that the Police
Service would be ramping up its
He had also urged motorists and
pedestrians to exercise care,
caution, courtesy and common
sense when using the roads.
"I am again trying to emphasise
to people that please, please adhere
to the road safety rules and just
obey the law and take your time.
There's no rush, the most important
thing is that you reach where you
are going," Batson had said.
He said in analysing the statistics
there has been a 11 per cent
decrease in road traffic deaths for
the year thus far but for a small
country it was too high.
A stakeholder meeting is
expected to take place today
following which a number of
initiatives are expected to be
discussed, including the status of
the Motor Vehicle Authority (MVA),
traffic congestion, parking
enforcement and plans to make
high-risk drivers more accountable.
Road traffic accidents (RTA's)
statistics as at September 8, 2015:
Fatal RTA's 102
Links Archive November 16th 2015 November 18th 2015 Navigation Previous Page Next Page