National Police of Haiti (PNH) to be equiped with speed radars

French Ambassador's Ambitious Traffic and Pedestrian Safety Project. In an effort to reduce traffic accidents and improve pedestrian safety, the Ambassador of France, Didier Le Bret, gifted the National Police of Haiti (PNH) with two legacy speed radars and a set of breathalyzers. This bequeathment occurred at the graduation ceremony at the Police Academy, where 17 certified instructors will use the speed traps, while on speed patrol, to detect speeders and administer the breathalyzer test. During the two-week intensive training, two French police and a representative from the UN Police (UNPOL) demonstrated use of the computerized devices.


In a second phase of the traffic and pedestrian safety project, the French Embassy has developed a proactive program for Haitian school children to learn pedestrian traffic safety rules. The training will progress one school at a time, beginning July 27th. In Petion-Ville, instructors will teach the students at Ecole Jules Verne Premier, its pilot school. The trainers will screen a training film and then invite students to share their observations and ask questions. A French UNPOL will moderate the discussion and a pedestrian code of conduct pamphlet will be handed out at the end of the session. The school children will be encouraged to share and discuss the information with their parents and other family members.

Ambassador Le Bret said other improvements to traffic and pedestrian safety are in the works, such as marked pedestrian cross-walks in Port-au-Prince and arterial stop-and-go traffic lights on speedways that will help prevent accidents and save driver and pedestrian lives.

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