Speed Enforcement Named Number One Highlight for 2016 in Trinidad

by admin 23. January 2017 11:47

The enforcement of the speed limit using the LTI 20/20 TruCAM has certainly paid off in Trinidad and Tobago. Richie Sookhai, president of the Chaguanas Chamber of Industry and Commerce, and Daphne Bartlett, president of the San Fernando Business Association, were asked by Business Day to list the top five highlights for 2016. Both responded with naming enforcement of the speed limit as the number one highlight of 2016.

When asked why they felt it to be the most significant highlight of the year, Sookahi referenced Chaguana's 'deadly stretch of highway - from the Monroe Road flyover to the Freeport flyover' and explained, "Many have lost their lives on this stretch due to reckless driving. That's why enforcement of this law tops my list, but while the law is there and police officers are trying their best to enforce it, some still take the chance to drive recklessly on our nation's roads." Barlett stated, "it has certainly saved many lives."

LTI's TruCAM

It wasn’t until 2012 that Trinidad officials realized they had a major issue on their hands. They began to become very concerned about the severity of enforcing the speed limit on their roadways. Citizens were driving as fast and as recklessly as they wanted, creating a high number of accidents and, sadly, fatalities due to these behaviors. Honorable Mr. Fitzgerald Hinds, the Minister of Works and Transport, said "55% of fatalities on Trinidad and Tobago's roadways are a result of speeding." Previously, law enforcement officers were using an archaic mode to check for people breaking the speed limit...a stopwatch. The National Road Safety Council of Trinidad started testing 'high tech' speed guns from Laser Technology, Inc. (LTI) in 2012 and in April of 2016 received approval to start using LTI's 20/20 TruCAM for speed enforcement.

After the implementation of the LTI 20/20 TruCAM in Trinidad and Tobago, Police Constable Brent Batson, Coordinator of the TTPS Road Safety Project, reported that within a few short weeks there was already a drop in the average speed of drivers on their roadways. It was also determined that after just two months of using the lasers, that Trinidad and Tobago showed a significant drop in fatal traffic accidents - the least amount reported in over 15 years!

The TruCAM is a complete photo speed enforcement laser device offering officers the ability to collect and store a complete chain of video evidence. It captures not only the speed but a high-resolution image of the vehicle make, model, license plate number and even the characteristics of the driver.

Read the Business Day article at Speed Limit Enforcement Tops 2016 Highlights - December 29, 2016 - Business Day, Article by Sasha Harrinanan

Read more about the Speed Enforcement project in Trinidad in the articles below.

LTI Video Speed Enforcement Solution Causes the Lowest Number of Fatal Road Accidents Reported in 15 Years - July 18, 2016

Trinidad and Tobago Crack Down on Speeders with the LTI TruCAM - May 25, 2016

LTI's Laser Speed Guns Tested for Speed Enforcement in Trinidad - August 15, 2012

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