January traffic accidents exceed last year’s number, and ASP Ellis warns parents not to travel with children in front seat

The Traffic Department of the Police Force says it has already seen an increase in the number of accidents for January this year when compared to the same period in 2021.

Assistant Superintendent of Police (ASP) Rodney Ellis, Head of the Department, says these collisions are the result of drivers not following the traffic rules and regulations.

Ellis says the Traffic Department’s drive to educate motorists on the correct and lawful use of the roadways continues to go well – except for the few drivers who always want to do as they like.

Accordingly, on a daily basis, officers are responding to at least five traffic collisions, he says.

Meanwhile, Ellis reports that there was a major traffic collision on the Valley Road on Monday, February 14; and, based on initial investigations, speeding might have been a factor.

A child sustained serious injuries during the collision, Ellis says.

Ellis is therefore advising parents with young children to ensure that they are equipped with car seats for the children’s protection and safety.

He warns, as well, that children under the age of 14 should not travel in the front seat but should sit in the back with their seat belts on.

Ellis says there are penalties for parents who drive without the use of a car seat for young children and for those who allow children under 14 to sit in the front of the vehicle.