Police concerned as pedestrian road deaths on the rise

The Trinidad and Tobago Police Service (TTPS) is expressing concern over what it calls the alarming increase in road deaths involving pedestrians for the year thus far.

The Traffic and Highway Patrol Branch Records and Statistics Unit, reports that nine (9) of the fourteen (14) road deaths for 2018, comprise pedestrians, accounting for 64% of total road fatalities for the year, compared to 21% or three (3) fatalities, for the corresponding period in 2017.

The TTPS is urging all road users to exercise extreme care when using the roadways.

Pedestrians are advised that they should only cross at crosswalks or where walkovers are available.

In areas where these are not available, pedestrians should only attempt to cross a roadway when it is clear or when vehicles have come to a complete stop to allow them to cross.

Motorists are also advised to reduce the speed at which they are driving around pedestrians, to increase their ability to safely bring the vehicle to a complete stop to avoid a collision.

In the event of a collision, this simple practice would decrease the impact energy to the pedestrian should a vehicle come into contact with them and correspondingly increase the likelihood of the pedestrian surviving the collision.

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