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Mayor wants police post on south-bound lane

Published: 
Sunday, August 3, 2014

Chaguanas Mayor Gopaul Boodhan is calling for the establishment of a permanent police post along the south-bound lane of the Uriah Butler Highway, Chaguanas.

Speaking with the media on Friday, Boodhan said infrastructure already existed in the vicinity of the Seereeram Brothers compound, which is located north of the Chase Village Flyover. 

Boodhan’s call comes a few days after the tragic accident that claimed the life of Mahadeo, Nanda and Nyron Ramcharan, of Penal, on Tuesday.

The mayor described the stretch of highway between Freeport to the south and Munroe Road in the north as an area where the highest number of fatal accidents occur. 

He said in the late 1990’s a facility was constructed along with a lay-by that would have given farmers access to sell produce to motorists. However, farmers do not use the facility and instead choose to sell along the sides of the highway. 

Boodhan said the area was secured to prevent vandals but remains underutilised. He said the facility could be renovated to house a permanent police post that would complement the various police bays along the highway and could also be fitted to handle ambulances and medical personnel who could respond in a more timely manner when accidents occur along the highway.

Boodhan said he was upset over the level of reckless driving along the roadways and called on motorists to exercise due care and attention.

Inspector Wayne Mystar said the investigation into the smash up that claimed the lives of the Ramcharans is continuing. 

Mystar said the driver of the white car which collided with the garbage truck that then struck the Ramcharans’ Honda Civic was administered a breathalyser test and passed. Mystar said the results of the investigation would be sent to the Director of Public Prosecution.