The Breathalyzer in Trinidad and Tobago


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I don’t know if people have noticed that statements by Government Ministers are no longer featured in the Political section of the daily Newspapers but under Entertainment. The recent statement by The Minister of Works reaffirms the correctness of this trend when he blamed Technocrats of his Ministry for the delays in implementing the breathalyzer in Trinidad and Tobago. The Minister did not say to whom these delinquent Technocrats reported or even if they were obligated to take instructions from any Minister. After The Minister’s statement there was a hush across the room and fear in the eyes of more than half the crowd. Thankfully, no date was given for the implementation of this dreaded device and it was business and Bloody Marys as usual.

The Minister went on to reveal that a 50 million dollar plus contract was awarded, hopefully not UDECOTT style, to a contractor to implement a traffic management system along the East-West Corridor. The system will include many high-tech devices such as Closed Circuit Cameras which can snap clear photos of people breaking red lights, driving on the shoulder and hugging the front seat passenger who may not be a spouse or of the opposite sex. These photos are expected to stand up in court since the charges would neither be due to victimization nor would the Integrity Commission be involved. What the Minister did not say was the system has to be implemented with great haste because he dreamt on more than one occasion that the Interchange would do very little for people from the East heading into Port of Spain in the morning. The Minister offered no solution for the bottleneck into Port of Spain, Government interference in various Commissions, or The Prime Ministers recent scandalous outburst in Parliament.

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