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As I m leaving the gas station,
I notice Doh Study It scrawled
across the back windscreen of the
dark grey Hilux in front of me. I
look to my right to see what vehi-
cles are coming and my eyes meet
the message on the front wind-
screen of the car heading my way:
Too Bles (one s missing) To Be
I swing out and head in the
direction of the highway, stopping
at the traffic lights. The wording
on the car coming from the right
advises Fear Not.
Moments later, on the highway
heading west, I pass a car turning
right at Signal Hill. On the back
windscreen, written in Rasta-
coloured letters sandwiched
between stickers of two praying
hands, is: In God We Trust.
Clearly a message is being deliv-
ered today via these consecutive
nuggets of vehicular wisdom.
Messages on the windscreens of
vehicles in T&T are a common and
thought-provoking sight. Drivers
reasons for choosing particular
words and phrases (and com-
muters interpretations of them)
vary widely. Whether clear or
obscure, the only way to find out
what these signs mean to each
driver is to ask (as I do on occa-
It Doesn t Matter. Who Vex Loss.
Days later, as I drive past the NP
gas station in Scarborough, I see a
silver station wagon parked to the
front of the compound. The wind-
screen announces in capital letters:
In God We Trust. This phrase is a
I pull in, park a few metres
behind the car and observe large
letters emblazoned across the back
windscreen: Tick Gal. Soca. Fat
Interesting contrast to the frontal
message. All the more reason to
speak with the driver.
The vehicle doesn t belong to
any of the men standing around
the gas pumps. They direct me
inside to a young woman sitting
behind the counter. She nods. Yes,
the car belongs to her.
"People must wonder what kind
of stupidness on the back of my
car," she says. "But they is nick-
names. I am Tick Gal. My mother
is Soca. My sister is Fat Sauce."
And how does that connect with
the front windscreen?
"It s my mother who made me
put In God We Trust on the front."
No need to explain. The love of
a mother, putting her trust in God
in front, for her daughter s safety.
Later ... Dr. Scoob D Billionaire
cruises by at an intersection.
God is my Conqueror follows.
As we are all in motion, I can t
stop to talk with these drivers. My
next opportunity comes via a newly
painted blue flatbed truck parked
near the Esplanade in Scarborough.
Buy the Truth and Sell it Not---
I pull into the empty parking
space near to the truck. The mid-
dle-aged male driver is happy to
explain the proclamation which,
before committing it to his wind-
screen, he used to print and offer
to the public every Christmas, ask-
"When Panday got into office
and became Prime Minister, UWI
offered a 12-point plan to solve
crime. But from that year, crime
rose!" he tells me.
"That text is God offering a
four-point crime plan: Truth.
Wisdom. Instruction. Under-
He takes a brown, dog-eared
Bible from the glove compartment
and asks if he may read me two
passages. As he simply wishes to
share a perspective, I listen.
"It s not only about knowing the
truth," he tells me after. "It s about
having the wisdom to apply it.
Samples of car graphics used to send driver's message in Tobago.
Vehicles of wisdom
Three men---two aged 33 and a
17-year-old---were arrested after
a high-speed chase from La Hor-
quetta to Diego Martin last
The victim of a housebreaking
managed to untie himself and
called the Northern Division Task
Force (NDTF) after two men broke
into his girlfriend s Jacaranda Road,
La Horquetta, home around 10
The men, one of whom had a
gun, slapped the man and tied up
everyone in the house before rob-
bing the household of cash, elec-
tronic items, appliances and tools,
which included a weedwacker.
The men escaped in a brown
Nissan B-14 and a green Almera.
Police spotted the cars and chased
them from the La Horquetta to St
Lucien Road, Diego Martin. The
NDTF officers contacted their col-
leagues at the Western Division
Task Force, who joined the chase
and cornered the men in Diego
Martin around 12.05 am on Fri-
The men, a 33-year-old from
Richplain, Diego Martin, and the
other two from L Anse Mitan
Road, Carenage, were arrested
and are to be placed on identi-
In an unrelated incident mem-
bers of the North Division, under
the supervision of Snr Supt David
Abraham and Supt Hosein,
between 11 pm on Thursday and
6 am Friday arrested four men for
possession of two guns and ten
rounds of ammunition.
The men, who live at Mt Plasir
Road, Cunupia, and Bushe Street,
Curepe, were held with a Smith
and Wesson 9mm pistol and seven
rounds of ammunition and a .380
Berretta and three rounds of
ammunition. Police were tipped
off that the men had the guns and
went in search of them at Mt Plasir,
Police also held four men in con-
nection with the discovery of 125
grammes of marijuana in Curepe
and one suspected sexual offender
at Bamboo No 3, Valsayn.
3 robbery suspects held after high-speed chase
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