Commissioner of Police, Gary Griffith has noted the increasing number of vehicular and pedestrian traffic in various locations throughout the country, despite the calls for citizens to stay at home in light of the COVID-19 Pandemic.
On Friday, there were major traffic jams across the country as police officers conducted roadblocks along the Churchill Roosevelt Highway, in Diego Martin, on the Lady Young Road, in several areas in and around Port of Spain, in Chaguanas, in Freeport, along the Eastern Main Road and in San Fernando.
He said he travelled as far as Chaguanas on Friday and noticed the thousands of vehicles on the nation’s highways, as police conducted road checks across the country. Many non-essential workers were caught up during the road checks, preventing the essential workers from reaching their places of employment on time.
Commissioner Griffith says these road checks will continue as police step up to ensure that the Public Health Ordinance guidelines are adhered to.
The CoP says that whilst he appreciates the many varied circumstances that may present themselves, the public is reminded that the respective Public Health and Safety regulations are still in place, and have not been adjusted.
Commissioner Griffith said, “I fully appreciate these circumstances are challenging for everyone, however, it is important for the National Community to remember this is simply about mitigating a potential life or death scenario. The National Community has responded generally quite well, thus far, let us not drop the ball now.”
Commissioner Griffith advises that he has had to treat with a number of extenuating circumstances, many times resulting in extending the resources of the TTPS.
Griffith said, “The TTPS will continue to play its role in keeping citizens safe and secure, by ensuring there is social distancing and no gathering of persons in groups of more than five.”
Commissioner Griffith is urging members of the public that if there see breaches of the Regulations, to inform the relevant authorities by contacting 555, or by sending messages, photographs or videos to 482-GARY, or the TTPS App.