501 of 728 DUI cases recorded in Region 3 – Commander

So far for 2021, ranks of the Guyana Police Force (GPF) have arrested 728 persons nationally for driving under the influence of an intoxicant. Of that number, 501 persons were arrested and placed before the courts by ranks of Region Three (Essequibo Islands-West Demerara).
This is according to Regional Commander Errol Watts, who made this disclosure while addressing the Region Three Breakfast and Awards Ceremony on Wednesday.

Regional Commander
Errol Watts

“We do that continuously, every single night. We do that because that is a contributory factor towards fatal accidents in this country. Last year we had 22 deaths on our roads,” he said.
The Commander has said that from January 2021 to June 2021, there had been no fatal accidents on Guyana’s roadways. However, later in the year, there were 12 accidents which could have been avoided.
“When we examine each and every fatal accident, it was not the fault of the Police… unlicensed driver, driving along the Stewartville public road, consuming alcohol… I am hurt, as the commander”, he said.
Commander Watts said this is a matter of concern, and he is imploring persons to be more proactive in their approach. He further commended ranks of his region for their hard work in helping to bring persons to justice.
“We have no reason not to deliver service to the people of this Region…and we will take no excuse from not responding to reports. Actions will be taken at the same time against errant ranks who make frivolous excuses”, he said.
In addition, he vowed that as long as he is commander of the Region, ranks would have to act responsibly and be more accountable to the public. “They will be accountable to the public as I am accountable to the Commissioner of Police, and they understand that by now”, he said.
Last Tuesday, a 26-year-old man of Foulis Housing Scheme, East Coast Demerara, was arrested after he was found driving a motor vehicle while under the influence of alcohol. Police have said the first test read 122 % BAC, and the second test showed 105 % BAC. The man was arrested and charged for the offence. (G9)