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Revellers intent on drinking and
driving this Carnival should be pre-
pared to jump up behind bars.
This was the warning yesterday
from National Security Minister Gary
Griffith, who said there would be no
compromise by the police.
Eighty-seven more police officers
have been trained to do breathalyser
tests nationwide during the Carnival
season. They completed the stipu-
lated five-day breath-alcohol testing,
training and evaluation to be certified
in breathalyser testing.
There are close to 300 police offi-
cers trained to do breathalyser testing,
said SRP Brent Batson, co-ordinator
of the Police Service s road safety
Griffith said the fact that it was
Carnival was not a reason for people
to drink and drive.
"It is not negotiable. Officers will
not turn a blind eye. Carnival or no
Carnival, there will be no excuses
for drinking and driving and breaking
the law in general.
"Why should the police be flexible
in performing their duties just
because it is Carnival? Officers will
take a zero-tolerance approach and
those who have no intention of lis-
tening will certainly pay the conse-
quences," Griffith added.
He said for every Carnival event
the police had specific operational
plans which were intelligence-driven
and also took risks into considera-
"The Police Service have been
working closely with the Defence
Force and so far we have had no
eventualities," Griffith added.
He said there would also a be
strong visible presence of uniformed
and plainclothes officers on the roads
supported by officers of the Licensing
"The intention is to remind par-
tygoers to always be mindful of traffic
laws and act responsibly by practising
road safety during this hectic period
of non-stop Carnival events," Griffith
CoP: police out in full force
Acting Police Commissioner
Stephen Williams, who was in full
support of recruiting more officers
for breathalyser testing, said in a tele-
phone interview yesterday police
would be out in full force everywhere.
"There will be no concentration
of officers in Port-of-Spain only.
Those who want to drink and drive
should be wary, because officers will
indeed be all over the country,"
He echoed Griffith s sentiment
that the Carnival period was an
opportune time to increase the man-
power to train police in breathalyser
testing. Saying that far too often
innocent people have been killed on
the roads, the acting top cop added,
"What is happening is, we are con-
tinuing to increase the number of
officers who are trained as technicians
to facilitate breath testing.
"We continue to advise people
don t drink, (or) get a designated
driver, because people who are not
drinking alcohol are getting killed by
people who are drinking alcohol and
driving. We are protecting innocent
people," Williams said.
Saying there was a comprehensive
Carnival plan in place Williams
added, "This year s Carnival will be
better than last year."
President of the Law Association Seenath Jairam,
SC, says the way deputy chairman of the Integrity
Commission Justice Sebastian Ventour had to resign
to deliver three outstanding judgments was "clumsy
Jairam maintained the matter was not handled in the
best way, saying the judgments should have been deliv-
ered immediately after Ventour retired from the bench,
and if they could not have been delivered at that time,
they should have been read not long afterwards.
Ventour was reappointed by President Anthony Car-
mona at the Office of the President, St Ann s on Thursday.
After first being appointed in July 2013, he resigned
on February 5, and was appointed a puisne judge the
next day to deliver his judgments. Ventour retired from
the Judiciary in 2012.
Jairam said the events which occurred were unfortunate
Ventour s reappointment has been criticised by several
other lawyers. Former Law Association president Martin
Daly described it as a reflection of the "silliness of the
Jairam said he respected the different views of his
colleagues on the matter but maintained his unreserved
support for Ventour, saying Ventour is a man of impec-
cable integrity and he endorses him fully as deputy
chairman of the Integrity Commission.
He said he had "utmost trust, faith and confidence
in Ventour as he is fair, fearless and fair-minded."
And chairman of the Integrity Commission Kenneth
Gordon said yesterday he was pleased to have Ventour
back in office. Gordon told the T&T Guardian, "Justice
Ventour is an excellent person and we are delighted that
he is back. The work of the commission is moving
Ventour on Thursday dismissed questions on his
reappointment, advising reporters to focus on the many
ills in the country.
87 breathalyser cops graduate
Carnival drivers be warned
president on Ventour's
Former prime minister Basdeo Panday, left, chats with Olympic 100 and
200 metres world record holder, Usain Bolt, at Beach House Carnival all-
inclusive, held in Chaguaramas, Thursday evening. PHOTO: DAVID WEARS
BEACH HOUSE BUDDIES
A police officer may require a driver or a person in charge of a motor
vehicle to provide a specimen of breath for a test at or near the place
where the request is made, if he has reasonable cause to believe that
the person has consumed alcohol above the prescribed limit.
The limit is 35 microgrammes of alcohol in 100 millilitres of breath.
Shortly after he tried to woo a female bar patron,
a 33-year-old pipefitter was stabbed to death with
his own knife at a Penal nightclub yesterday.
Garvin Alexis, of Erin Road, Santa Flora bled out
on the floor at Club J s Bar and Lounge at SS Erin
Road, Batchiya Village after an altercation with three
Alexis, who worked at Lease Operators, Santa Flora,
was liming at the bar when around 1 am, he
approached a female patron and began talking to her.
Within a minute, two male friends of the woman
confronted Alexis and
accused him of harassing
Police were told that a
fight broke out and Alexis
pulled out a knife. One of
the men disarmed Alexis
and stabbed him several
times on the neck and
back. Patrons began
screaming and ran out of
the club when Alexis fell
to the floor.
Penal CID officers led
by Supt Ramlal, Insp Granger, Sgt Ramsingh along
with Sgt Flaveny of the Southern Homicide Division
visited and processed the scene. Alexis body was
taken to the Forensic Science Centre pending an
About two hours later, the three suspects walked
into the San Fernando Police Station and one of the
men reported that he had been attacked and wounded
while liming at the same bar. Police escorted him to
the San Fernando General Hospital, where he was
treated for superficial wounds and taken into custody.
Police also seized a knife, which they believed was
used in Alexis killing and arrested two other suspects,
a man and a woman.
Up to late yesterday, they were trying to determine
whether the killing was a murder or self-defence.
Officers said the club was known to have special
entertainment and because of regular fights over
women in the past, they had restricted access by
Three in custody
over bar killing
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