“I am not in the employ of the TTPS, I am not in a position to instruct and or assign police officers on how or where to detail. Nor am I in a position to purchase speed guns and/or breathalysers to detect drunk and/or speeding drivers.”
The following Letter the Editor regarding culpability for this week’s fatal accident in Arima was submitted to Wired868 by Rudy Chato Paul Sr of D’Abadie:
After another “deadly crash” late into Monday night, in which several lives were lost, we hear another version of the blame game. This one from the president of “Arrive Alive,” Ms Sharon Inglefield. I take Ms Englefield’s analysis rather personally when she argued that we are all responsible for the deaths since: “Each and every one of us who have sat back and done nothing” are to blame.
To begin with, Ms Englefield, I am proud to acknowledge that I did not vote for any of the political misfits who occupy the corridors of power and who engage in everything else other than their primary responsibility, which is to make laws. Consequently, I am absolved from any actions they may engage or fail to engage in.
The responsibility of passing laws does not fall within my portfolio, as a “Professional Low Life.” If anything, those who see it fit to elect and reelect these political misfits are to be held accountable.
Furthermore, since I am not in the employ of the TTPS, I am not in a position to instruct and or assign police officers on how or where to detail. Nor am I in a position to purchase speed guns and/or breathalysers to detect drunk and/or speeding drivers.
Since police officers only take orders from their seniors it would be disingenuous to attempt to cast blame on them all; they merely follow instructions.
This, of course, excludes the creative ones who take the initiative to engage in small hustles at the side, be it extortion or robbery. If caught, they sometimes get “suspended,” and mostly with pay.
Further clarification requires that I am not in the employ of the MOWT whose mandate includes road construction, including roundabouts. As a voracious reader I never heard, saw nor read any place where Arrive Alive called for a roundabout at Tumpuna Road and the CRH when the highway was being was widened.
I recall winning a small wager, a soda, with a friend when I bet that they were going to install a light when the time was ideal to build an overpass or even a roundabout. But for those with recall, the contract for the widening the highway, in the Santa Rosa area, went to a close associate of a current minister—who, like the current minister, remains clueless.
Some of us may even recall instead of building the road, material was stored in one large pile, heading towards the clouds. The only thing the contractor was ever able to construct was something that looks like a “walk over” which was intended to accommodate UTT, Omera Campus.
It gets better. After the contractor was fired, he turned around and sued the state. And despite the courts giving MOWT a couple extensions to respond, that particular file remained mysteriously buried. Needless to say, the contractor won the case and was rewarded, again, by the State, despite having done nothing.
Arrive Alive was silent as the proverbial church mouse then.
Ms Inglefield, neither am I am associated with the DMV in any capacity. As a matter of fact, I hate the idea of having to even pass close to that sorry institution. As I celebrate 21 years of repatriation, I recall being told in 1995 that DMV was being “upgraded.”
I heard the last regime managed to construct a building in someplace in Caroni. Meanwhile, the current regime, still hell-bent on portraying them as “a bag ah teef” refuses to take any steps at upgrading that institution. But we have been assured by Minister Clueless that what we want is “change we can feel.” And at least, “we haven’t rioted yet.”
So, Ms Inglefield, to come and tell us that we are all responsible for the carnage on the nation’s road is as insulting as the TTPS telling us that we are all responsible for the crime phenomenon; or the ‘fix me first’ gang. Many of us, the vast majority, drive safely. If we didn’t, we’d most likely be among the dearly departed.
Making more laws are useless if they are not enforced—like the use of cell phones while driving.
And of course the novelty of the breathalyser and the speed guns have worn off. So it’s back to business as usual. With Christmas in the air, and Carnival around the corner, anyone who vaguely understands our culture can verify that the recklessness on the roads will continue, as we find reason after reason to celebrate.
Even the wakes feature alcohol and late nights which then translates to speed.