Road Traffic Offences

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Transport plays a significant role in the social and economic development of any country. The effectiveness of the role played by transport, is to a large extent, dictated by laws governing transport and traffic policing.

Our insatiable appetite for vehicles in this country, has led to an exponential increase in the number of road traffic accidents and incidents on our roads and streets. It is the increase of fatal accidents that is of great concern to us as citizens. Statistics have shown that, more than 95% of these accidents happened as a direct result of a road traffic offence. In order to curb this carnage on our roads, we need to effectively combat the occurrence of traffic offences.

Statistics from the World Health Organization 2007 Report have shown the following:- ➢ Worldwide, about 1.2 million persons are killed in road traffic accidents every year ➢ 20 million to 50 million people are injured or disabled in these crashes ➢ Road traffic injuries account for 2.1% of global mortality and 23% of all deaths worldwide ➢ Road traffic injuries are predicted to rise from tenth place in 2002 to eight place in 2030 as a cause of death.

Here in Trinidad and Tobago, over the last few years, with the ever increasing traffic volumes becoming a reality of life, traffic policing has become the scapegoat for the ill of every-day traffic congestion and mayhem on our roads.

While traffic policing is a priority of traffic management, it is the severe breakdown of discipline on the roads which leads to unsafe conditions for motorists and pedestrians a like.

Under the Motor Vehicle and Road Traffic Act, chapter 48:50, there are numerous offences for which once can be charged. They are as follow:-

How can we improve the detection of road traffic offences to effectively curb lawlessness on our roads?

What we need is effective…...

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