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Figures released by the Police Service yesterday
pointed to a decline in road fatalities for 2015,
which senior officials claimed was the lowest on
record in 14 years.
During the weekly briefing at the Police Admin-
istration Building, Port-of-Spain, Senior Supt Beverly
Lewis of the Traffic Branch, presented the data
which showed that 145 deaths had been recorded
from 128 fatal road traffic accidents last year.
She said that represented a 12 per cent reduction
in road traffic deaths and a 14 per cent reduction
in fatal road traffic accidents, with the last closest
recorded figure being in 2001, with 135 deaths and
131 fatal accidents.
Lewis said while those figures represented a pos-
itive downward trend, "the TTPS still emphasised
the only acceptable figure in road safety is zero,
due to the often preventable nature of these col-
She confirmed up to midday yesterday, there
had been six road deaths recorded for the year thus
far, three more than last year during the correspon-
Asked to what they would attribute the reduction,
Lewis replied: "It may be a bit of behaviour so we
are encouraging people to change their behaviour
and adhere to the traffic laws."
In the category of pedestrian deaths, in 2015 there
was an increase by 20 per cent with 47 persons
killed on the roadways, compared to 39 in 2014.
Also of significance was the large reduction in
driver deaths in 2015.
Lewis said there was a 35 per cent reduction, with
46 drivers being killed in collisions in 2015, compared
to 71 in 2014.
Motorcyclists deaths also increased notably by 22
per cent in 2015, with 11 deaths occurring, as com-
pared to nine in 2014.
Cyclists also saw a significant reduction of 50 per
cent with two recorded deaths in 2015, compared
to four in 2014.
Lewis said the general reduction was as a result
of a number of strategies by the Highway Patrol in
"hot spot" areas; sustained enforcement efforts by
patrol teams; strengthening partnerships with road
safety stakeholders, including Arrive Alive, the
Licensing Authority and the Traffic Warden Unit
and increased road safety education campaigns.
Referring to the work of the Driving Under the
Influence (DUI) Task Force, Lewis said they would
continue to pursue such measures aggressively.
Questioned about their plans for the Carnival
season, Lewis said: "We want everyone to be respon-
sible and designate a driver. The DUI Task Force
will be stationed at all major roads and highways
and we will have more patrols on the roads."
As energy prices continue to plummet, the Oilfields
Workers Trade Union (OWTU) is appealing to employ-
ers to find alternatives to sending workers home.
The statement follows confirmation from bhp Billiton
yesterday that it has had to eliminate "half a dozen
positions," two of which are offshore jobs.
This follows the earlier announcement from the bp
Group that it planned to cut some 4,000 jobs globally
in exploration and production. Nationals are also likely
to be among those affected.
The Australian outfit bhp, which is engaged in deep-
water operations in T&T, said it was examining its cur-
rent and future business needs to optimise both staffing
and costs and make appropriate adjustments in its
global petroleum business.
It also pledged commitment to its ongoing operations
and maintaining a platform for future growth oppor-
Reports first surfaced on Tuesday that bhp had
sent home 60 of its workers as the price of oil dipped
below US$30. The news met with condemnation
from the OWTU and the Joint Trade Union Move-
ment (JTUM), the latter which posed the question:
"Who s next?"
OWTU s education officer, Ozzi Warwick, said
they were deeply disturbed by those reports because
the company derived substantial benefits from T&T
over the years and found it unacceptable that it would
move so swiftly to send home workers in light of
falling commodity prices.
Warwick said: "So you could imagine the kind of
profits they made because between 2002-2012 gas
production went up by some 174 per cent.
"We want to make it clear that no workers should
be sent home at this point in time," he said, recalling
Prime Minister Dr Keith Rowley assurance in his recent
address to the nation there would be no job losses.
Noting the dismissal of some 200 Central Trinidad
Steel Ltd (Centrin) workers on Monday, he urged com-
panies not to use that as an excuse to send workers
Responding to the global job cuts, bpTT said it would
follow the bp Group s focus to improve efficiency and
As more workers
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Today's petroleum industry is facing extremely
challenging market conditions, even by historical
bhp Billiton is examining our current and future
business needs to optimise both staffing and costs and
make appropriate adjustments in its global petroleum
business. We remain committed to our ongoing
operations while maintaining a platform for future
We will achieve this goal through our productivity
programme, which is already yielding significant
savings, and organisational adjustments to meet the
needs of our business. As a result, we will have a
smaller, more focused organisation and this has
resulted in some employee reductions.
The result of this work is that within the T&T
operation, as in company locations globally, some
positions will be impacted. Within our operations in
T&T, contrary to rumours, up to half a dozen positions
will be eliminated, only two are offshore jobs.
bhp Billiton will continue the process of reviewing its
business to ensure optimal efficiency.
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