Nearly two weeks after ‘Operation Safeway’ was launched in efforts to curb the spiking road fatalities, over 1500 cases have been filed against errant road users.Traffic Chief Dion MooreAccording to the Guyana Police Force (GPF), a notable decrease in all categories of road accidents is evident just eight days after the operation was launched.It has long been identified that the main causes of accidents are often speeding and drunk driving, and despite several steps undertaken by the GPF to discourage the practice, drivers continue to operate recklessly on the country’s roadways.Under ‘Operation Safeway’, a total of 1546 cases were made out thus far: 567 were for speeding and 96 for driving under the influence of alcohol. Additionally, the police noted that on Friday night alone, 152 persons were given a breathalyzer test and 28 were found to be above the legal limit.In light of increasing fatal accidents on the country’s roadways, the Police Force on September 15 launched ‘Operation Safeway’ in another effort to clamp down on the worrying occurrence.To this end, on Thursday last the Traffic Department received additional equipment for distribution to the various divisions to aid in the exercise.Traffic Chief, Dion Moore, underscored the need for the ranks to be fully equipped to efficiently carry out their duties.Among the items distributed are radar guns, breathalyzers, flashing wands, reflector vests and traffic cones.“In all of the divisions, there will be ongoing operations by day and by night. At night, you will have more vehicular patrols and within those patrols you will find ranks providing random breathalyzer and speed testing hence the additional equipment,” the Traffic Chief stated.Moore had disclosed too that since the establishment of ‘Operation Safeway’, there has been one fatal accident at Unity, East Coast Demerara, which claimed the lives of two persons. He also detailed that the Division with the most arrests under this exercise is the ‘A’ Division (Georgetown/East Bank Demerara) followed by ‘B’ Division (Berbice).According to Traffic Chief Moore, the Traffic Department is currently utilising more than 200 ranks to execute the operation. Moreover, he disclosed that ranks are working on a 24-hour shift basis, with special emphasis on the night period.“We find within the nights, we have to take off the foot patrol ranks and utilise vehicles to have more mobile patrols for the exercise,” he remarked.‘Operation Safeway’ is ongoing and, according to the Traffic Chief, there is no tentative date when it will be relaxed. The aim is to have more road safety-conscious drivers and to promote better driving attitudes as well as road safety practices.
A chef who was swerving from right to left on a road in Letterkenny has been banned from driving for three years after pleading guilty to drink driving.David Tulio appeared at Letterkenny District Court. The court heard that Garda Grainne McLoone was traveling down Lower Main Street in Letterkenny on October 10th last when she saw a Nissan Kashqai driving slowly.The driver failed to indicate going right up Convent Road and was then swerving from right to left on the road.Tulio, of Thornberry, Letterkenny was arrested and taken to Letterkenny Garda station when he was found positive for drink driving.Mr Tulio, who has no previous convictions, said he was a chef working in Dungloe.Judge Paul Kelly fined the accused man €200 and banned him from driving for three years.He postponed the driving ban until April 13th next year.Chef who was swerving across road is banned for three years was last modified: October 14th, 2019 by StephenShare this:Click to share on Facebook (Opens in new window)Click to share on Twitter (Opens in new window)Click to share on LinkedIn (Opens in new window)Click to share on Reddit (Opens in new window)Click to share on Pocket (Opens in new window)Click to share on Telegram (Opens in new window)Click to share on WhatsApp (Opens in new window)Click to share on Skype (Opens in new window)Click to print (Opens in new window)
OSU freshman linebacker Baron Browning addresses the media on National Singing day at the Woody Hayes Athletic Complex on Feb. 1, 2017. Credit: Nicholas McWilliams | Sports EditorBaron Browning just might be the perfect replacement for Raekwon McMillan.On Wednesday, Browning and his fellow early enrollees from the 2017 Ohio State football recruiting class addressed the media at the Woody Hayes Athletic Complex. A native of Texas, Browning fielded questions about Whataburger and the new pipeline of players from the state bolting to Ohio and other places, but one of the most intriguing queries was about playing cornerback at times.An athletic freak, the incoming freshman has been known to have crazy versatility. Listed at 6-foot-4 and 230 pounds by the Buckeyes, he is only about 10 pounds lighter than outgoing Raekwon McMillan, but the fact he is trusted to take on the responsibility of a wide receiver speaks volumes about his ability.“Usually I only did it, though, when there’s a receiver they needed me to take out (of) the equation,” Browning said on Wednesday. “As far as what that says to me, I just say that for my size I’m very versatile. Just because I weigh as much as I do, that doesn’t limit me I guess.”McMillan is not necessarily known for his coverage ability, and it showed at times last season. Browning brings in the potential to cover passes effectively, but only time will tell if Urban Meyer and his coaching staff decide to use his apparent coverage ability in game.A linebacker who isn’t limited by his size is a scary proposition for opposing teams, and Browning fits the bill of a dominant force on the inside of the defense. That is, if he ends up playing in the middle, since new linebackers coach Bill Davis has apparently been teaching the linebackers how to play all over the unit.Browning himself doesn’t know where he’s playing yet.“I really can’t tell you,” he said. “I know, just talking to coach Davis, he plans on teaching us all three linebacker positions, so it’s his call.”Browning, like most of the incoming freshman, is doing his best to adjust to the new level of competition. He spoke about how, initially, he thought the warm-up to one of OSU’s early drills was the actual workout. “Once I found out that was a warmup, I knew I couldn’t get my hopes up,” he said. “I just had to try to make it through. Ice tub became my best friend after that.”Even though he’s been tested so far, Browning has an apparent solid relationship with OSU coach Urban Meyer. Browning shared a story about when he pulled a prank on Meyer, and called to tell him he was deciding on Alabama instead of the Buckeyes.Meyer did not react well.“I threw my phone against the damn wall,” he said.However, after the smoke had cleared and Meyer discovered he would still be getting the top-ranked outside linebacker in 2017, he devised his own plan to get back at Browning, even recruiting the help of his mother. Meyer told Browning over the phone he would be taking the job as the Los Angeles Rams new head coach.This, of course, was a lie, but Browning took it to heart before Meyer came forward with the truth.“He got me back,” Browning said. “I see how he felt. I was really more so mad because my mom was in on it too. They planned it together. I guess I had that coming.”In the upcoming season, Browning’s play will be a testament to just how good the five-star recruit can be. As for now, he will continue to try and develop as a player, and live up to the precedent set by so many historically stellar linebackers who have come through Columbus.After all, he did say the reason players like him travel such a long way for college is to grow.“I would say probably the reason everyone is leaving Texas is because everybody wanna be great, so they’re going to where they feel like they can grow the most.”
Ohio State head coach Chris Holtmann claps after a Buckeye defensive stop in the first half in the game against Radford on Nov. 12. Credit: Jack Westerheide | Photo EditorOhio State will dance again.For the first time since the 2014-15 season, the Buckeyes will play in the NCAA Tournament. They are the No. 5 seed in the west regional, hosted by No. 4-overall seed Xavier. Ohio State will face No. 12 South Dakota St. in the first round of the tournament in Boise, Idaho. The remaining top four seeds in the west regional are No. 2 North Carolina, No. 3 Michigan and No. 4 Gonzaga. Should the Buckeyes advance past South Dakota St., they will face the winner of the Gonzaga-UNC Greensboro matchup in the Round of 32.Ohio State is joined throughout the bracket by Purdue, Michigan State and Michigan. Purdue is the No. 2 seed in the east regional and Michigan State represents the No. 3 seed in the midwest regional.The appearance in the March Madness tournament represents a major turnaround for a program that failed to reach the NIT a season ago. In the first year of the Chris Holtmann-era, the head coach led the Buckeyes to their best regular-season finish at 24-7 since Ohio State went 25-6 in the 2011-12 season. Though the season was a major turnaround, Penn State was able to get the better of the Buckeyes in all three meetings, including the quarterfinals of the Big Ten tournament. The Nittany Lions seemed to have the answer for the Buckeyes every time, relying on guards Tony Carr and Shep Garner for point production.Given the struggles of Ohio State to defend against guards with a size advantage, the Buckeyes will hope to avoid playing any teams that lean heavily on guard play for scoring.
February 10, 1998Morning Meeting in the Vaults.