By Kurt Campbell
[www.inewsguyana.com] – The Guyana Police Force (GPF) received some $1.5 million worth in breathalyzers this morning (Wednesday, September 03), from several business entities under the umbrella body: the Georgetown chamber of Commerce and Industry (GCCI).
This follows a commitment by the GCCI after it was revealed earlier in the year that the GPF only had three working breathalyzer kits in the country.
GCCI’s President, Lance Hinds said his organization was pleased to be a part of this “critical”initiative.
“No one in this room need to be reminded of the often deadly consequences of driving under the influence of alcohol since the media is awash with damaged vehicles and sometimes dead bodies on a regular basis,” Hinds told the gathering of Senior Police Officers and businessmen and women.
The GCCI Head is hopeful that the donationof supporting equipment will be used by the police to be more actively engaged in operations that will reduce the instances of drunk driving and deal with persons who continue to do so.
He said the Chamber feels strongly that as a national stakeholder that remains concerned of the consequences of driving under the influence (DUI) that it must provide support and positive contribution.
Among the companies that pooled monies for this initiative are:
– BEV Processors – $74,976
– Digicel Guyana – $229,904
– John Fernandes Ltd – $149, 952
– Republic Bank – 749,760
– John Lewis Styles – $149,952
– Trans Pacific Motor Spares – $74,976
To this end, Hinds expressed gratitude for their contributions.
Meanwhile, Commissioner of Police (ag), Seelall Persaud recognized that the GCCI has always sought to find ways to help the Force improve its capacity.
“This contribution today is extremely critical to our operations,” he said.
Persaud added that road fatalities so far for 2014 have surpassed what it was last year; adding that a significant amount of fatal accidents are caused by drunk driving.
He acknowledged too that the amount of breathalyzers currently in the possession of the Force is far below what is required.
“This will enhance to a large extent our capacity and we appreciate and remain thankful to the GCCI.”
He is confident that such engagements will continue; explaining that the GCCI and the police have a common interest to deter criminal and unsafe activities.