Seven hundred fixed penalty notices for speeding have been issued by officers of the Traffic and Highway Patrol Branch (THPB) over the last 24 hours, in the Central Division alone, police said in a statement.
The tickets were issued during a series of road traffic safety exercises along Rivulet Road, Couva.
The exercises were coordinated by Snr. Supt. (Ag.), Central Division, Inraj Balram and supervised by Insp. (Ag.) Dane James, of the Freeport Police Station.
Police are once again appealing to drivers to refrain from drinking and driving and also to refrain from driving above the speed limit.
This, as close to $16 million in speeding tickets have been issued so far.
Acting Senior Supt Basdeo Ramdhanie of the Traffic and Highway Patrol Branch today gave an update on offences and loss of life on the nation's roads.
"As of today’s date, a total of 40 persons have lost their lives in 38 road traffic accidents on the nation’s roads for 2018.
Fifty motorists were issued fixed penalty notices for speeding, by Traffic and Highway Patrol Branch officers, during a speed exercise in the St. Joseph district on Friday 27th April, 2018.
The exercise, which took place between 3:15 pm and 6:15 pm, was spearheaded by ACP (Ag.) McDonald Jacob and supervised by Snr. Supt. (Ag.) Michael Daniel, was conducted along the Southern Main Road, Valsayn.
The highest speed recorded for the duration of the exercise was 89kph, while the speed limit for that area is 50kph.
Seventy-one motorists were issued fixed penalty notices for speeding, by Traffic and Highway Patrol Branch and North Eastern Division officers during separate speed exercises yesterday.
The first exercise, which took place along Clarke Road, Penal, was supervised by Cpl Mukesh Deonarine, between 11 am and 8 pm on Wednesday 25th April, 2018, and resulted in 40 tickets being issued to motorists.
The highest speed recorded for the duration of that exercise was 110kph by a Nissan Navara, despite the speed limit being 60kph along Clarke Road.
Sixty-five motorists have been issued fixed penalty notices for speeding by South Western Division (SWD) officers, in separate exercises, both yesterday and over the weekend, police said in a statement.
The most recent exercise, coordinated by Snr. Supt. (Ag.) Neville Adams, of the SWD, and supervised by Cpl. Mukesh Deonarine, of the Traffic and Highway Patrol Branch, was conducted between 9 am and 6 pm, on Tuesday 24th April, 2018, along the South Trunk Road Extension, in the Oropouche District, where the speed limit is 80 kilometers per hour (kph).
Police have issued $9.6 million worth in speeding tickets to 9,614 errant drivers thus far in 2018, as motorists continue to disregard the speed limits and engage in reckless and dangerous driving, police said in a statement.
So far, 18 persons have been killed in road traffic accidents.
The information was disclosed by Road Safety Coordinator, PC Brent Batson at the Trinidad and Tobago Police Service's weekly media briefing today.
Police are reminding citizens that the maximum penalty that a court can hand down to someone for speeding, is now $6000.
The penalty was increased from $4000 to $6000 when the Motor Vehicle and Road Traffic Act was amended in 2015.
However, the fixed penalty for exceeding the speed limit remains at $1000.
The reminder came from the coordinator of the Road Safety Project, PC Brent Batson at a new conference today.
Police have charged seven people already with exceeding the speed limit of 80 kilometres per hour.
The following is a statement from the Police Service:
"Seven motorists have been charged with exceeding the speed limit contrary to section 62:1 of the Motor Vehicle Road Traffic Act Chap 48:50.
The persons were charged during an exercise conducted by the Traffic and Highway Patrol Branch along the east bound lane of the Audrey Jeffers Highway, between 5:00pm and 6:00pm today – Thursday 5th May, 2016.