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Posted: Monday 22 November, 2021 at 8:09 AM

Police getting tough on speeding during Christmas

By: Staff Reporter, SKNVibes

    BASSETERRE, St. Kitts -- THE recent uptick in the number of vehicular accidents occurring on the roadways in St. Kitts has now prompted the police to change their strategy to curb the problem.


    Cars, buses, motorcycles, trucks and even police vehicles have all been involved in accidents in recent weeks, with some becoming deadly.


    To remedy the situation, the police will be issuing more tickets to those persons who are found breaking the laws whether through speeding, lack of documents or breach of the driving regulations at any point.


    Hilroy Brandy, Commissioner of Police, told SKNVibes that the problem is worrying to the force and they have instituted strict timeframes for officers to be out on the streets to prevent speeding in Basseterre and its environs..


    Additionally, radar guns will be used on the roadways to monitor and catch those offenders.


    “I have actually ordered the purchase of radar guns for all the police stations. And we are asking the officers to be on the streets between 7-9am, then from 11:30 - 1:00pm, then back on the road from 3:30-5:00pm. This is to ensure that the motorists are complying with the speed limit,” disclosed Brandy.


    The Top Cop confessed that based on their investogations majority of the accidents recorded were due to speeding being the major factor.


    “Speed is the contributing factor to these accidents,” Brandy said, noting that the force is also considering implementing speed radars at strategic spots around the island to monitor drivers. 


    Brandy conceded that drivers are taking advantage of the recent work undertaken by the government to upgrade the roadways around the island, and the speeding must stop in order to preserve lives. 


    Accidents are not limited to only civilian vehicles, in fact, a number of police vehicles have been seen in accidents across the islands. And the force is expected to clamp down on those culprits too




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