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Guardian www.guardian.co.tt Thursday, January 28, 2016
With 17 road fatalities already for 2016, party-
goers are being warned against drunk driving as
the DUI Task Force will be waiting outside Carnival
Already 65 people have been arrested by the DUI
Task Force following last year's toll of 1,149 arrests
for drunk driving.
With the message being instilled in secondary
school students around San Fernando yesterday,
co-ordinator of the Police Service Road Safety Proj-
ect SRP Brent Batson advised motorists leaving
parties to request breathalyser test from the police
before getting into their vehicles.
Speaking at the Interact Club of Naparima Col-
lege's Smarter on "D" Road programme at the
school auditorium, Batson said that could save lives
He said at the same time last year, there were
five road deaths. Of the 17 deaths in 2016, the
drivers involved in five of them are suspected of
driving while under the influence of alcohol.
Further to that, he added, three of 17 deaths were
women, ages 27, 42 and 62, three were pedestrians
and one motorcyclist.
Batson said the TTPS wanted to target schools
in its road safety campaign as it believes the
much needed behavioural changes in society
can be done before young people become driv-
ers.He said simple steps like teaching children to
cross the road safely and making them advocate
against drunk driving should be effective for the
Statistics from 2016 showed people between ages
15-25 were the leading category in road traffic deaths
with the age group 25 to 35 following.
Together, he said, that accounted for almost 40
per cent of road traffic deaths in T&T.
He said drunk driving was prevalent between
ages 30-50 with managers to labourers being arrest-
ed for the offence.
Batson added: "The message the TTPS wants to
send is to please engage us. We have voluntary
breath testing stations. We go outside the fetes to
try to warn the persons before to check their limits
so we don't actually have to arrest them.
"We are asking party workers, before you serve
people alcohol, if they are looking like they had
too much, don't serve them anymore. Of course if
they paid an all-inclusive price, it is their right to
drink as much as they want.
"What I want to warn people is that if you choose
to drink and drive, the DUI Task Force will be out
there to deal with you. There is no ticket for the
offence, remember there is arrest without warrant
so you will be going to jail."
The Caribbean Community
(Caricom) is condemning recent
violence in Haiti which has delayed the country s
presidential run-off election and is calling on all
stakeholders to resolve the matter urgently.
"These events have contributed to the decision
to postpone the second round of the presidential
elections and the elections for the remaining mem-
bers of the legislature," a Caricom release said.
"In the circumstances, the Community calls on
all the stakeholders, and in particular the major
political actors, to do their utmost to resolve as a
matter of urgency the current political crisis in a
calm and peaceful atmosphere by facilitating the
negotiations being conducted."
Haiti's charter requires that a new government
be installed by February 7 and there are fears of a
constitutional crisis if this is not done.
Caricom said it looked forward to the continuation
of the electoral process and to an improved man-
agement and conduct of the polling process.
"It is imperative that voting takes place in a
secure and peaceful environment that will encour-
age citizens to carry out their civic duty and exer-
cise their right in large numbers," it added.
Haiti's President Michel Martelly earlier
announced the run-off election to choose his
successor will be held on January 17.
Presidential candidates are Jovenel Moise,
a banana exporter, and former state construc-
tion company head, Jude Celestin.
Martelly critics belive he unfairly favoured
Moise in the first round of voting in last Octo-
ber. Celestin came in second.
The January 17 election was postponed after
Celestin alleged fraud during the first round in
October and refused to participate in the second.
Widespread street protests followed.
Thousands of Haitians marched against
Martelly's government on the day the election
was supposed to be held, throwing stones and
smashing windows. Security forced used tear gas
and stun grenades to disperse them.
The election has been put on hold indefinitely.
Building ready for
handover in March
GML ENTERPRISE DESK
Health Minister Terrence Deyalsingh has paid
his first visit to the Children s Hospital, Couva.
The GML Enterprise Desk was reliably informed
that the minister was accompanied by Urban Devel-
opment Corporation of T&T (Udecott) chairman
Noel Garcia and a team of officials from Udecott
The media was not informed of the visit since,
according to our sources, the minister did not want
any media coverage on his first tour of the
facility.Contacted yesterday Deyalsingh would nei-
ther confirm nor deny the visit telling the GML
Enterprise Desk: "I have no comment to make to
The children's hospital has 80 beds and the adult
hospital has 150 beds. The training facility on the
sprawling Couva compound has also been completed
and is ready for use.
Contacted yesterday a Udecott official said it
expected the hospital would be fully completed for
handover to the South West Regional Health Author-
ity by March and "it is then up to the SWRHA and
the Ministry of Health to determine just when the
hospital will be opened."
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