Police appeal to drivers following deadly weekend on the roadways

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Police appeal to drivers following deadly weekend on the roadways

The Trinidad and Tobago Police Service (TTPS) is appealing to drivers and all road users to use the roads with greater care and caution.

The reminder comes as police had to respond to three fatal road traffic collisions that took the lives of four persons.

Around 5:45 pm, on the Saturday, Randy Thomas, 52-years-old of Maraval, was riding his motorcycle in an easterly direction along the North Coast Road just before the lookout, when his bike reportedly picked up a skid and he fell into the pathway of a van that was proceeding in an opposite direction. Thomas suffered fatal injuries and died intransit to the hospital.

On Sunday morning, at around 2:00am, Chris Ragoonanan,29-years-old of , Harmony Hall, Gasparillo was proceeding in a westerly direction whilst driving a white Hyundai Accent together with front seat passenger Anita Mitchell 34-years-old of Union Park East, Marabella, along Union Road, Marabella, when she lost control of the vehicle and collided with the concrete wall of a Hardware causing damage to the entire front of the vehicle. The driver succumbed to her injuries on the scene.

Then, later Sunday evening at around 8:20 pm, 28-year old Akel Mark Thomas of Patna Village, Diego Martin, was driving a Hyundai Elantra in an easterly direction along the Western Main Road, Chaguaramas together with front seat passenger Jeraldin Matamoro 25-years-old, of Haleland Park, Maraval when, in the vicinity of O2 Park, it was alleged that he attempted to overtake a line of traffic at a high rate of speed when he lost control and his vehicle swerved off the roadway and flipped into the sea.

Both Fire Services personnel and civilians present, attempted to resuscitate the victims after they were retrieved from the water but they remained unresponsive. District Medical Officer (DMO) Dr. Alberto Balbuena arrived at the scene and pronounced both persons deceased and ordered the removal of both bodies.

According to the Traffic and Highway Patrol Branch Roadway Surveillance Unit, these four road traffic deaths bring the current road death toll to forty-one compared to forty-two for the same period last year.

Police Road Safety Project Coordinator, Sgt Brent Batson commented that “although our enforcement efforts continue to target unsafe road use, road users do not seem to be receiving the message of the dangers of engaging in risk taking behaviors on the roadways and sadly these preventable incidents continue to occur with immeasurable loss to families and loved ones. For the year 2024, the TTPS traffic units have issued over 3,500 speeding tickets to drivers for exceeding roadway speed limits and over 9,000 tickets issued for seatbelt violations. These are high risk behaviors that can result in serious injuries or death on the roads.”

Senior Superintendent, Traffic and Highway Patrol Branch, David Powder added “the Trinidad and Tobago Police Service is currently engaged in a comprehensive approach to combatting crime, which involves a heavy focus on road policing. Drivers need to expect increased road check exercises and have their documents ready for production but more importantly we appeal to the public to support our public safety efforts by complying with road traffic laws.”