As Carnival moves into high gear, local law enforcement officials are warning that the laws of the land remains on the books and are promising a forceful presence throughout the season.
“People believe, and have the tendency to believe, once it is carnival the laws are suspended and therefore they can behave any which way, but it is not so,” Superintendent of Police, David Andrew, warned at a press conference on Wednesday. “We will adopt a robust enforcement posture by establishing and implementing an uncompromising, operational strategy through-out the carnival activity.”
He said the police will seek to reduce the probability of any critical incident through a well prepared contingency plan and a security strategy which will include, among other things, crime prevention, intelligence gathering, traffic control and management, security within the city of Roseau as well as the entire country where various Carnival events are held.
According to the lawman, Carnival Monday and Tuesday will be authorized under Section 5 of the Peace Preservation Act, Chapter 15.04, which is expected to be released and published soon.
He said the Act speaks to offensive weapons such as firearms, cutlasses, knives, sticks, stones and bottles as well as the use of drums, horns or any noisy instruments within the radius of 25 meters of a Fire and Police Station and a hospital.
Meantime truckers, who will be plying the Carnival route on both street jump-up days, are being reminded that they must control the number of persons aboard, wheel guards must be mounted on vehicles to avoid accidents and drivers must also be mindful of the spacing between bands and other vehicles.
They must also comply with the height of these trucks to prevent congestion and maintain order on those days.
Andrew is calling on all vendors to remain in their designated areas and have in their possession a food handler’s permit and a liquor license.
Motorcyclists are also being warned to avoid the improper use of the road and home owners, who intend to take part in the various activities, are being asked take precautionary measures to safeguard their homes, property and personal belongings.
He thanked the public for their “unfailing support” in the past and said the police are looking forward to an incident-free carnival this year.