The Traffic and Highway Patrol Branch of the Trinidad and Tobago Police Service (TTPS) is taking a no-nonsense approach to errant motorists drinking and driving under the influence of alcohol on the nation’s roadways during the Carnival season.
The most recent DUI exercise was conducted by the officers of the Debe Highway Patrol Unit, between 8 am and 12 noon on Saturday 20th January, 2024, along the Sir Solomon Hochoy Highway between Gasparillo and Debe. As a result, a total of 45 persons were stopped and administered breathalyser tests.
Ten persons, ages 26 to 44, either failed the breathalyser test or failed to give a breath sample to the officers and were subsequently arrested and charged for the offence.
The exercise was coordinated by Snr. Supt. Powder, Insp. (Ag.) Mohan and supervised by Sgt. Ramoutar and included officers of the Highway Patrol Task Force.
Motorists are urged to desist from drinking and driving to prevent injury or death to themselves and others on the roadways.
The THPB and the HPTF will continue their DUI exercises in the coming weeks.
Meanwhile, a Speed Exercise was conducted between 6 am and 10 am this morning between the Gasparillo and Debe districts resulting in 23 Fixed Penalty Notices being issued to motorists for driving over the speed limit.
The same party of officers also intercepted a black Toyota Corolla motor vehicle being driven by a female suspect on the north bound lane of the highway in the vicinity of the Feeeport overpass.
She is wanted in connection with a report of robbery in the Southern Division.
The suspect was handed over to officers of the Criminal Investigations Department.