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Posted: Friday, December 29, 2017. 4:11 p.m. CST.
By BBN Staff: With the recent spike in road traffic accidents over the Christmas weekend, the Belize Police Department is cracking down on traffic offences for the New Year’s weekend.
Assistant Commissioner of Police, Edward Broaster explained that the department held a meeting with all regional commanders, who decided that, effective today, there will be checkpoints in all major cities and towns. Officers will be looking at all traffic offences at those checkpoints, with an emphasis on drunken driving.
“We will have supervisors on duty at these checkpoints, and if anyone has a problem with an officer at the checkpoint, we advise them to contact the supervisor immediately,” Broaster said.
Broaster also stated that the checkpoints form a part of a larger roll-out of activities planned for the next several weeks, as the department tries to address the surge in road traffic accidents (RTA’s). Those activities include receiving 10 breathalyzers¬†as a donation from attorney Christopher Coye. Broaster added that police will ensure that there are legislative changes to empower them to effectively use the breathalyzers.
The department urges anyone who intends to drink alcohol during the New Year’s celebrations to secure a designated driver. Over the Christmas weekend, there were more than 10 RTA’s which claimed the lives of around five people.

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