Police officers will be out in full force over this long holiday weekend. After a Regional Commanders Meeting, the top brass of the Belize Police Department decided to enhance mobile patrol in an effort to curb crime and prevent road traffic incidents. Assistant Commissioner of Police in charge of operations countrywide, Edward Broaster, shared more.
ACP Edward Broaster, Regional Commander, Rural Eastern Division:
“Effective today there will be checkpoints in all major districts, cities and towns and villages if possible. The officers will be out checking for all traffic violations and specifically drunk drivers. In the next couple weeks, we will be presenting STEPS, Strategic Traffic Enforcement for Public Safety, which will be a formal document that we will be tabling to address a lot of the traffic enforcement around the country. In the next couple of days, we will be acquiring ten breathalyzers from the attorney Christopher Coye who will be donating those breathalyzers and we will ensure that the necessary legislations are in place for us to use them and detect those who are drinking and driving. I want to advise the motorists and drivers that this weekend yes its the New Years Eve, we know that there will be a lot of partying and drinking and we want to encourage those who will be drinking to ensure that they have a designated driver that will enable them to get home safe to their families and avoid the tragedy that we’ve seen over the Christmas Holiday weekend. As well the officers on these checkpoints will be doing their routine checks for criminal activity and we will have supervisors on each checkpoint across the country and if anyone has a problem with any officers on these checkpoints we advise you to immediately contact the supervisor on duty and inform that officer and we will address the situation and we hope that everyone heed our advice and ensure that they think public safety first for themselves and for others.”
Motorists are asked to exercise caution when driving and remember, do not drink and drive.