3/19/2008 9:44:00 AM
Traffic cops will be out in force
Police will be out in force over the Easter holiday to target drink-drivers and motorists not wearing seatbelts.

Officers will patrol undisclosed locations up and down the island in a bid to cut a rash of recent deaths and injuries on the roads. Over recent weeks, the number of accidents has spiralled, with another 66 last weekend - 20 resulting in injury.

Earlier this month, 17-year-old student Miguel Franco and Rudell Smith, 48, were killed in separate motorcycle accidents. Although police said neither crash was related to alcohol or excessive speed, they warned that too many drivers are taking unnecessary risks.

"In the past few weeks there have been two fatal road traffic collisions and several serious road traffic collisions resulting in injury," the police said yesterday. "The Roads Policing Unit will be out over the upcoming holiday weekend to monitor traffic in various areas around the island. We are encouraging all drivers and riders to act responsibly by not drinking and driving."

The Government is being asked to consider a range of proposals to make the island's roads safer, including banning new riders from towing a passenger.

"Endorsing the measures last week, Senator Wayne Caines said that death and injury on the roads is starting to affect "almost each and every family."