Trinidad and Tobago has recorded a 24 percent decrease in road traffic deaths to date in 2021 compared with the same period in 2020.
This positive downward trend comes as the Trinidad and Tobago Police Service (TTPS) joins with other police organisations across the globe in recognising the United Nations 5th Global Road Safety Week, observed between Monday 17th May, 2021 and Friday 21st May, 2021.
The theme of Road Safety Week 2021 is ‘Speed Management’.
According to collision research by the Traffic Branch Roadway Surveillance Unit, it is estimated excessive speed contributes to between 55-60% of fatal road traffic collisions in Trinidad and Tobago and the offence continues to be one of the most ticketed violations in traffic enforcement operations with 8,006 speeding tickets being issued to motorists already for the year, of which 69 percent were issued by Highway Patrol Units.
The TTPS also wishes to remind drivers under the amended Motor Vehicles and Road Traffic Act Chapter 48:50, Section 62(1), fines and demerit points associated with speed limit violations are tiered to how much a driver is detected exceeding the roadway speed limit.
1-9 km/h over – $1,000 and 0 Demerit Points
10-20 km/h – $1,500 and 2 Demerit Points
21-30 km/h – $2,000 and 4 Demerit Points
31 km/h and over – $3,000 and 6 Demerit Points
TTPS will be partnering with road safety NGO, Arrive Alive, to use social media to raise the awareness of the UN Road Safety Week and we are reminding drivers to obey all speed limits as police officers will be out on the roadways ensuring drivers comply with road traffic and COVID-19 Regulations.