better than guns
It gets worse.
I have been reliably informed by a contact inside the
Defence Force that the guns the soldiers carried on the
road during the Carnival celebrations were not semi-automatic,
which normally requires one pull of the trigger for each
shot, but fully automatic weapons that keep firing, so
long as you hold the trigger in the firing position.
Im not sure what type they use, but if its
anything like an Uzi, it can fire 600 rounds a minute.
So imagine a soldier just pressed the trigger for ten
seconds, 100 bullets would be fired.
Can you imagine the carnage in a crowded carnival band
with 100 people shot in ten seconds!
The officer who authorised those soldiers to take those
weapons on the streets should be court marshalled for
endangering public safety.
It boggles the imagination. Presumably, the Ministry of
Works and Transport is responsible for paving half the
road outside San Fernando Technical Institute.
Everyone knows this road is unstable, and any paving is
a waste of time. But at least pave both sides of the road,
The real solution would be proper soil stabilisation and
a concrete road, but I suppose that would mean someone
in the ministry would have to write a new specification.
I want the Police Commissioner to ask the officers who
were in police vehicle PBZ 3673, at 1.02 pm on February
7, why they didnt charge the drivers of the 30 vehicles
parked on the emergency shoulder of the Solomon Hochoy
Highway outside the rum shop just south of the Freeport
They stopped right at the end of the parked vehicles,
so they couldnt claim to have missed them.
There was even a 40-foot-long truck, loaded with Link
Belt crane weights, parked there.
Can you imagine the carnage if a vehicle had a blowout
while passing all these vehicles?
And remember, to pull out, the vehicles in the middle
had to start from zero mph and merge into traffic moving
at 50 mph or more. A surefire recipe for more highway
After giving the police a hard time lately, I must recognise
them when they do good things.
So, my first 2020 award goes to Couva police for clearing
away all those old wrecks of cars right in the main street
that were such an eyesore.
I note they seem to be stacked three-cars-high along the
side of the police station now. I only hope they dont
expect the port workers to come and unstuff
them. Occupational health and safety and all that!
Maybe they could go and clear up the disgrace that is
St Joseph Police Station scrap yard. It is a real eyesore
next to one of our most beautiful mosques.
Show some respect, fellas.
My second 2020 award goes to the new K9 Division of the
Police Service based in the Police Academy.
They were on patrol at Piarco just after Carnival, and
on speaking with one of the officers, I was impressed
with the fact that more and more of the training is being
done locally, not only in drug interdiction, but in apprehending
aggressive people, etc.
Now, if you are really serious about dealing with thugs
in the crowds during Carnival, dogs are the way to go,
rather than a soldier with a gun that he dare not fire.
I would like to be able to tell you to go to the T&T
Police Web site www.ttps.gov.tt to learn more
guess what? As at February 7, it wasnt working.
Just a thought.
give you some idea of the penalties a 2020 country like
the UK applies to drivers who break the law, I went to
and found this table. (See above)
I have converted the fines into TT dollars at $10 to £1.
Yes, those arent typos. Your eyes arent playing
tricks. Thats TT$50,000 for failing to stop after
an accident, driving while drunk, or having no insurance.
Do you know what the fine for breaking a red light is
in T&T? $100.
Yes, thats right. Something that could result in
major loss of life and the fine is a blue note.
So when are our jokey politicians and police personnel
going to get serious about passing and enforcing laws
with real teeth?