Serious crimes down by 4.3%; fatal accidents up by 21%

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Police Commissioner (ag), Nigel Hoppie on Wednesday disclosed crime and traffic statistics, which reflect a decrease in serious crimes, but an increase in fatal accidents.

The Commissioner was speaking during the annual Police Commissioner’s breakfast at the Officers’ Mess in Eve Leary, Georgetown where President Irfaan Ali and Home Affairs Minister, Robeson Benn were present.

Mr. Hoppie said this year’s statistics when compared with the same period in 2019, show a decrease of 4.3% in serious crimes.

Meanwhile, the traffic department recorded a 21% increase in fatal accidents. No other comparative statistics were disclosed by the Commissioner. Only last month, it was revealed that there was a 37% increase in road accidents in 2020.

Evidence shows that the majority of accidents are caused by speeding, driving under the influence of alcohol and being on cellphones while driving.

The Traffic Chief (ag), Superintendent Ramesh Ashram provided a breakdown on the fatalities this year and said there were 115 accidents, resulting in 125 deaths; out of these deaths, five are children, compared to 2019, where there were 84 accidents resulting in 94 deaths of which eight were children.

It was also revealed that 60% of the deaths are accounted for in the 25 – 42 age group and the majority are also men and motorcyclists.

The Commissioner assured that ranks have been instructed to deal aggressively with both aspects of offenders, especially during the Christmas season.

He assured the President that the police have employed heightened intelligence mechanism through additional patrols and roadblocks.

The Commissioner also used the opportunity to caution motorists from speeding and driving under the influence.

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