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Guardian www.guardian.co.tt Thursday, November 19, 2015
Although there has
been an 11 per cent
decrease in road fatalities,
the Police Service has
once again appealed for
drivers to exercise more
caution on the nation s
In a statement yester-
day, the Police Service said
in spite of the issuance of
2,300 tickets and heavy
fines imposed for various
traffic offences, including
drinking and driving, the
The latest data showed
that the road death toll to
date for this year stands
This includes the deaths
of six people over a three-
day period between
A further breakdown of
the statistics showed that
of the 129 people who
died, 40 were drivers, 33
passengers, 44 pedestri-
ans,11 motorcyclists and
The statement said
although this figure represents an 11 per cent decrease, from
145, for the corresponding period for 2014, the continued
lack of regard for human life and limb displayed by motorists
is a serious cause for concern.
The TTPS said for the year to date, it has issued in excess
of 43,000 traffic tickets to motorists for various driving
offences with an estimated value in excess of $43 million.
This excludes fines for driving under the influence (DUI)
of alcohol and other traffic offences for which drivers are
summarily brought before the courts.
Over 2,300 motorists were also arrested and charged for
"Yet drivers continue to drink and drive in spite of many
cases of alcohol-related road fatalities highlighted in the
media," the release said.
On Sunday, the TTPS participated in the global recognition
for the United Nations World Day of Remembrance for road
traffic victims with the walk and ride event hosted by local
road safety lobby group, Arrive Alive, to highlight the serious
consequences of unsafe road use.
At that event the ACP Operations, Deodat Dulalchan, on
behalf of the acting Commissioner of Police Stephen Williams,
expressed condolences to the families of those who lost loved
ones to road traffic collisions.
Dulalchan also appealed to all road users to commit to
engaging in safer and more responsible road use as the con-
sequence of selfish, thoughtless and reckless driving often
results in death or serious injury.
"Whereas the TTPS will continue our efforts to enforce
and educate, we continue to plead with all road users, be
they drivers, passengers, bicyclists, motor cyclists or pedes-
trians, to use the road with care by practising road safety
courtesy, common sense and consideration at all times," the
A high-speed chase by
police on Tuesday led to
the recovery of a Nissan
Tiida used by the gunmen
to escape after the mur-
der of Marabella mason
But the occupants
managed to elude officers.
Phillip, also known as
27, of Ramdass Street, was
stabbed repeatedly in the
face and shot with a semi-
automatic gun on Novem-
Siparia police officers
found him bleeding
around 10.20 am in some
bushes off Skinner Street,
He died during surgery
at the San Fernando Gen-
eral Hospital but he was
able to tell Cpl Gookool
the names of the men who
murdered him and the car
used in the killing. Police
said the suspects are
known drug dealers and
believe that Phillip was
murdered over a deal gone sour.
Traces revealed that Phillip also had an address at Chacon
Street, San Fernando, and was charged for marijuana pos-
session in 2011, 2008 and 2007, possession of cocaine for
the purpose of trafficking in 2011 and possession of ammu-
nition in 2011.
On the day he was killed, Phillip, who worked at Jokhan
Contractors, told police he left work in Point Lisas and went
home where he met with the two suspects.
They went to Skinner Trace where they had and argument
and he was attacked with a blade. As he tried to run, he
was shot in the chest, right flank, buttocks and knee.
Around 3 pm yesterday, officers patrolling in the Marabella
district saw the silver car along the Southern Main Road
and followed it while they called for back-up. An operation,
co-ordinated by Souther Division CID s Insp Don Gajadhar
and Regional Three Homicide Bureau s Insp Sean Dhilpaul
and Sgt Maharaj, led to a high-speed chase through the
streets of Vistabella.
On realising the police were coming from different direc-
tions, the men drove into a dead-end road in Springvale,
San Fernando, and abandoned the car. The car was impounded
at the San Fernando Police Station before being transferred
to the Special Evidence Recovery Unit (SERU) in Cumuto
yesterday for processing.
Investigators believe the car was stolen.
$43m in fines; six deaths in two days
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