Over 50% of road fatalities involve young people, says TTPS

Over 50% of road fatalities involve young people, says TTPS

Given the number of road fatalities over the weekend, the Trinidad and Tobago Police Service (TTPS) is reminding citizens to exercise caution.

According to a press release from the TTPS, there has been a four percent increase in road traffic fatalities for Carnival 2020 when compared to the same period last year.

This figure represents an increase of 24 to 25 respectively.

In addition to which, the TTPS has observed a trend in which young persons accounted for over 50 percent of road deaths during the 2020 Carnival season.

These avoidable, unfortunate traffic deaths occurred on roadways with a maximum of 50-65 kilometres per hour speed limits, speeds which if obeyed, would in almost all cases, not result in fatal injuries to drivers, vehicle occupants, pedestrians and property.

While the TTPS has maintained rampant efforts to curb errant driving practices through its Traffic and Highway Patrol Unit, DUI and Speed Task Teams and the Road Policing Task Force, it is incumbent upon all road users to be aware of and practice road safety and exercise greater caution.

The TTPS underscores the importance of obeying speed limits, wearing seatbelts, refraining from using handheld devices while driving and ensuring vehicles are roadworthy, at all times, all of which can significantly aid in preventing these types of tragedies from occurring.

The TTPS wishes to take this opportunity to extend sincerest condolences to the families and friends who lost loved ones in the recent spate of fatal road traffic crashes and looks forward to greater compliance.