Drivers on trial for causing death will have licences suspended- Ramjattan

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Public Security Minister Khemraj Ramjattan addressing the gathering at the launch of National Road Safety Action Plan 2017-2019.

Drivers who are on trial for causing death by dangerous driving will have their licences suspended pending the outcome of the court cases.

This is according to Minister of Public Security, Khemraj Ramjattan on Wednesday, at the launch of the National Road Safety Action Plan 2017-2019.

“I have started the process that if you’re charged with causing death by dangerous driving that we are going to- under the section where the Minister has the power- to disqualify those charged during the period of awaiting their trial. Disqualifying them from driving, so we do a period of suspension and that will have an effect, I’m absolutely certain” Ramjattan said.

Moreover, the Public Security Minister pointed out that while the laws allow magistrates to disqualify those drivers who are convicted of these charges, it is often not done.  To this end, Ramjattan asserted that there needs to be a compulsory imposition.

“There might have to be more amendments to the law. We might have to start making mandatory for purposes of causing death by dangerous driving convictions disqualification.”

The Police have reported as of April 30, 2017, 38 road deaths, 28 of which are said to be caused by speeding and drunk driving.

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