Sergeant David Swanson is pleading with patrons to desist from picking up items that do not belong to them when Mr Killa’s song—Run With It— is being played in Carnival fetes as it could lead to a fight.
Swanson made the comment during an interview on the CNC3 Morning Brew programme.
Within recent times several videos have surfaced on social media showing fete lovers lifting and carrying items that were not theirs when the tagline of the song “pick up something...anything” is being played.
One video showed patrons lifting a ten by ten tent at a fete on Wednesday night during the song.
In response, Swanson warned patrons to be mindful of the law and to respect other people’s property and space at a Carnival event.
“If the song is playing. That whole aspect of picking up anything. It may seem funny but if for some reason someone does not take that lightly... they may deem it as invading their space. We all know at some fete a fight could break out.”
Asked if the song was posing a major challenge to the TTPS, Swanson said, “I would not say it is posing a challenge. We would just adapt to suit.”
Swanson also spoke about the I Road Safe campaign which is a collaborative effort of the TTPS, Arrive Alive and soca artistes who have been warning motorists not to drink and drive during the Carnival season.
Among the soca artistes who have been advising drivers not to get behind their wheels drunk are Nadia Batson, Superblue, Farmer Nappy, Allison Hinds, Raymond Ramnarine, Lyrical and Skinny Fabulous.
Police Commissioner Gary Griffith, who kicked off the campaign last week, advised motorists:”When you tight you can’t drive right.”
Swanson said the goal of the Police Service is also to make the country’s roads safe.
He said, “We hope with this campaign we can reduce serious accidents and road fatalities. We are asking persons to do the right thing and submit yourself to the breathalyser test.”
Tired and sleepy drivers, Swanson said, can drive into a police station to take a rest.
Reporter: Shaliza Hassanali