Road safety stakeholders: Accidents are preventable

Every time an ac­ci­dent hap­pens, as a Road Safe­ty Of­fi­cer, "It feels like you failed".

That's ac­cord­ing to TTPS Road Safe­ty Co­or­di­na­tor Brent Bat­son at the 6th An­nu­al Road Saftey Awards cer­e­mo­ny to­day.


Bat­son re­count­ed the mo­ment he found out about the 2-year-old who was crushed by a ve­hi­cle on Sat­ur­day and died at the hos­pi­tal on Tues­day.

"When I went to the hos­pi­tal, the moth­er held me and cried."

He said this is the kind of sit­u­a­tion first re­spon­ders deal with dai­ly and that is why their jobs are so im­por­tant.

Bat­son said what hurts the most is that these ac­ci­dents are pre­ventable.

Ja­son Jones, who lost his wife to an ac­ci­dent in 2016, said since then his life changed dras­ti­cal­ly.

He said see­ing his wife stuck un­der the ve­hi­cle and un­able to do any­thing to help was heart­break­ing.

Jones said he did not know how to ex­plain to his chil­dren that their mom is not com­ing home.

"Talk about change, now I have to play both moth­er and fa­ther roles," he said.

BHP Pres­i­dent Vin­cent Pereira and spon­sor of the awards said the road to ze­ro ac­ci­dents will not be paved with good in­ten­tions, he said the road will not be a straight line.

Pereira thanked the first re­spon­ders for their work and en­cour­aged every cit­i­zen to do their part and the right thing.

He asked the au­di­ence what will it take to dri­ve at the speed lim­it?

"I fun­da­men­tal­ly be­lieve in the pow­er of an in­di­vid­ual to dri­ve change," Pereira said.

Com­mis­sion­er of Po­lice Gary Grif­fith said the TTPS has a big part to play to make sure that dri­vers "don't drink and dri­ve". He said it hap­pens so fre­quent­ly in T&T be­cause dri­vers think they can get­away. with do­ing so.

Grif­fith said tech­nol­o­gy will help in the fight to re­duce rouge dri­vers.

He thanked the first re­spon­ders and said the TTPS will do all it can to help.

"You are in­deed he­roes," he said.

Reporter: Carisa Lee