Police Force yesterday announced ‘zero tolerance’ for several
factors blamed for mounting road deaths and traffic lawlessness.
measures acting Police Commissioner Mr. Henry Greene announced to
the media at police headquarters in Georgetown are zero tolerance
** ‘Boom Boom’ (music) boxes
** Breach traffic lights
** Unlit motor vehicles
** Stopping within 30 feet from the corner
Stopping on ‘No Parking’ signs
also announced that from November 1 (tickets) fines for traffic
offences will increase from the current $150 to between $5,000 and
soon as we get those (new ticket) books we hope to implement this
system so that the ticket system can begin to operate
effectively”, he said.
is also optimistic that two of the major pieces of traffic
legislation before the Attorney General’s Chamber --
breathalyzer tests and banning the use of cell phones by persons
when driving – will be finalized and implemented shortly.
intend to take drastic measures (and) once these offences are
detected, we will take drastic measures to ensure that those
concerns are properly and condignly dealt with and placed before
the courts,” Greene declared.
we have to inconvenience persons who sit in a bus that’s
overloaded and allow it, we will do it because we think it is time
privilege will be granted to any owner – whether public
officials, whether the police or who, the bus or the hire car will
be treated in the same manner as all other vehicles that are on
the road…and which belong to ordinary persons.”
Greene also announced the implementation of a “coastal
traffic patrol” (highway patrols) already in place at some
junctions, but which will be greatly expanded and intensified.
will now have coastal traffic patrols from Linden right on to
Berbice, and also from the Harbour Bridge throughout West Demerara.”
addition to this, Greene said the police will be publishing the
photographs of errant vehicles in the media.
thorough re-examination will be undertaken of all mini-bus and
hire car drivers within the next three months, through licensing
and certifying officers, the commissioner reported.
said this exercise is expected to be concluded within the next
hinted at several other “covert measures” to be implemented to
stamp out traffic lawlessness.
recommendation to be implemented shortly, he said, is that those
learning to drive must pass the theoretical exams before they are
issued with a provisional licence.
Guyana National Bureau of Standards (GNBS) has also been
contacted, and will be coordinating more with the Customs
department to ensure that proper tyres are allowed into the
country, and that bicycles are sold with headlights and bulbs, he
further announced that mini-bus routes for Georgetown are “being
reworked” and new routes implemented by November 1.
revised routes, he explained, will be placed on road-service
licences and drivers who do not comply with them will be charged
are also looking at a separate colour code and routes for buses
that are plying Sophia,” he announced.
to him, there is a new set of buses that are operating and based
in Sophia, and the Police Force is recommending to the Ministry of
Home Affairs, the implementation of a colour code for these buses
plying the Sophia routes. He is optimistic this can be implemented
during next month.
said the Police Force is discussing and looking at measures to
ease traffic congestion along Regent Street and at bus and car
parks in the city, with the possible creation of new parks where
is also appealing to ‘doctors’ to support the Police Force in
cases of drinking and drunken drivers.
so often we have problems because doctors had to go to court (to
give evidence) but we are asking for their support until
legislation can be created whereby the certificate issued will be
accepted in court.”
relation to corruption, and policemen taking bribes, Greene said
these can only be dealt with based on reports from the public.
you give money to a policeman, you are encouraging corruption,”
said the traffic campaign will also entail publishing photographs
of all persons who have been disqualified or suspended from
have asked the office of the DPP (Director of Public Prosecutions)
that in all cases where they have advised that persons be charged
for causing death by dangerous driving, they also recommend to the
Ministry of Home Affairs that their licences be suspended.”
reminded that persons can call the Traffic Hotline numbers --
227-2309 or 225-6411.
announced too that a meeting is planned for Sunday at the Police
Sports Club Ground in Georgetown with all drivers and conductors
of mini-buses and hire cars.
that meeting we intend to talk to them and also hear their
concerns in relation to what is happening on the roads,” he
Greene yesterday also reiterated a call to drivers and
commuters to “act responsibly” and “slow down” when using
also lamented the mini-bus culture of persons asking for a
the squeeze, this is a big thing in buses where people keep asking
for a squeeze; we have to stop the squeeze because when the buses
become overloaded, (they) can get out of control and this is
breaching the law.”
please assist us to ask conductors, drivers and commuters to stop
the squeeze -- it may save their lives…,” Greene urged members
of the media.
also stressed that once the Police receive any report of
“speeding, drunken driving and threats or the actual eviction of
commuters from buses and vehicles because they raise
objections”, those found culpable will be dealt with condignly.
launch of the major traffic campaign comes in the wake of three
horrific road accidents which left 24 persons dead in the last two
also came on the heels of calls on Tuesday for an urgent all out
and sustained countrywide campaign to stop traffic lawlessness and
curb the spiralling road carnage.
steps proposed at a meeting Tuesday called by Home Affairs
Minister Clement Rohee in the wake of the mounting deaths on the
More radar guns on the roads
** Consider banning the mini-bus as public transportation
** Remove stands selling alcoholic beverages at bus parks,
** Make speeding and reckless driving non-bailable offences
** Reduce the tariff on tyres to avoid importation of used tyres
Rohee assured the proposals will be considered, further discussed
and said those agreed on will be urgently implemented where
necessary by the Police Force.
October 25, 2007