Commissioner urges community response to road carnage

Stabroek News
July 11, 2000

It is the responsibility of everyone in the community to do something about the carnage on the roads.

This was the opinion of Commissioner of Police, Laurie Lewis, on the recent traffic accidents, which for last week alone claimed the lives of 13 persons; in just three road accidents.

Speaking at yesterday's launching of the 2nd Junior Officers' Course and CID Junior Investigators Course, Lewis said that the police "can do whatever we want" about traffic but the real problem lay with the passengers in the vehicles. If the driver is speeding, ask them to "cut it down," the top cop pleaded.

Passengers are "courting death" when they allow themselves to be in speeding vehicles and it is up to them to stop the carnage. There is only so much the police can do, he said.

Lewis, noting the ripple effect of trauma caused to family and friends when these accidents occur, disclosed that over the weekend on the East Bank Demerara and on the Linden Highway, more than 200 vehicles and drivers have been held as a result of a campaign. The errant persons are expected to be placed before the courts shortly, he revealed.

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