Condolence book for colleague Carolina / Royal visit traffic alert


Philipsburg, December 11th 2019

From:  Acting head of P.R Inspector E.S Josepha  

                    POLICE PRESS RELEASE

Condolence book for colleague Carolina

In connection with passing of our colleague and friend, Cernick Jan Lionel Carolina on Saturday 30th November 2019, the management of the Police Force (KPSM) would like to extend our heartfelt condolences to the friends and family of the deceased. 

We have placed a table with a picture and condolence book for the late Cernick Jan Lionel Carolina in the lobby of the Police Headquarters in Philipsburg.  This book is at the disposal of the general public. 

The public is hereby invited to come in and sign this book as an expression of their condolence. The book will be in the lobby up until the date he will be laid to rest. 

Royal visit traffic alert

The Sint Police Force would like to take the opportunity through this press release to inform the general public of the short visit of Princess Beatrix to the island from today Wednesday 11th December 2019. 

On the 12th December the island is expected to have five cruise ships in port. Through the visit of the Princess, the five cruise ships as well as the holiday season, we are expecting the traffic to be a bit heavier than usual and ask that all road users be cautious and courteous while making use of the road ways. 

The KPSM would like to remind the heavy equipment owner/operators about using public roads during the hours when this is not allowed. The hours known as the “peak hours,” during which heavy equipment is not allowed to use the public roads, are daily, not including holidays and weekends, from 6:30 to 8:30am and 12:00 to 2:30pm. These measures are in accordance with article 60-A of the Traffic Ordinance of the Windward Island. (Artikel 60-A Wegenverkeersverordening  van Sint Maarten )

If it is possible for road users to avoid or adjust their visit the Cole Bay/Simpson Bay area during the late afternoon hours persons can avoid unnecessary time spent in traffic as well as help to alleviate the traffic in the area.

 We will be throughout the different areas of the community trying our utmost to ensure that the traffic flows as smoothly as possible and we ask that the community cooperates in making this possible. 

Because  to the upcoming holiday season and other happenings  the Sint Maarten Police Force is well aware how frustrating it can be trying to commute on the road ways and are asking the general public to keep these traffic safety tips in mind to help make the roads safer  for all. 

  • Always focus on driving – Keep 100% of your attention on driving at all times – no multi-tasking.   
  • Don’t use your phone or any other electronic device while driving.
  •  Slow down. Speeding gives you less time to react and increases the severity of an accident. 
  •  Be aware of what other drivers around you are doing, and expect the unexpected. 
  • Also be aware of other types of road users, such as cyclists and pedestrians.
  • Practice safety – Secure cargo that may move around while the vehicle is in motion. Don’t attempt to retrieve items that fall to the floor. Have items needed within easy reach. Always wear your seat belt.

With the help of the community the Sint Maarten Police force can better assist you in having a safe and merry holiday season. 

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