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Be warned!

Legislation coming to crack down on drag racing

Drag racers beware!

Minister of Transport and Works Michael Lashley has served notice that new legislation is in the works to deal with drivers who engage in the illegal activity.

“These fellas that are doing the drag racing on Sundays, that will be dealt with,” Lashley disclosed as he addressed his St Philip North constituency branch last evening.

The illegal practice is also a serious concern for the Royal Barbados Police Force. Public relations officer Assistant Superintendent David Welch said lawmen had responded to several reports of drag racing already this year.

Minister of Transport and Works Michael Lashley

Minister of Transport and Works Michael Lashley

“It is very concerning. This improper use of the roads in Barbados . . . puts the lives of participants, spectators and the general public at risk,” he told Barbados TODAY, as he appealed to those engaging in the activity to cease and desist.

Welch identified the ABC Highway as one of the most used roadways for the illegal driving.

Lashley said proposed measures to deal with the illegal activity were part of comprehensive legislation.

“The amendments should come to Parliament in another month or so. In fact, we have finalized the amendments. The breathalyzer test is coming, that has been finalized; the texting while driving, throwing something out through a window while driving, that will also be dealt with under the Act.”

The minister revealed that changes were also coming to regulate those involved in the production of vehicle registration plates.

“There must be a time in Barbados where licence plates will have to be standardized. So I am calling a meeting with all persons who make licence plates very shortly and we will probably put a policy in place and then ground it in legislation, so that the police would have powers [to deal with that]. I have submitted that and we will look at that down the road,” Lashley stated.

6 Responses to Be warned!

  1. Ike Turner
    Ike Turner March 9, 2015 at 11:10 pm

    Long over due…

  2. Omar Watson
    Omar Watson March 9, 2015 at 11:24 pm

    The police that stop me needs to test the breathalyzer first. I bet they fail. Laws laws laws for problems that they can’t find solutions.

  3. Stephen Knight
    Stephen Knight March 9, 2015 at 11:29 pm

    So he’s talking to the police also.

  4. Michael Turton
    Michael Turton March 9, 2015 at 11:31 pm

    Got to give the MP some credit them things should have been in the legislation every since

  5. Sean Chandler March 10, 2015 at 11:29 am

    More legislation – how about some enforcement of existing laws first.

    Has legislation re illegal dumping prevented it? It has not because there is no enforcement.

  6. Olutoye Walrond March 10, 2015 at 1:23 pm

    Do these amendments have anything in them to deal with the terror inflicted on householders and road users by motor cycle maniacs trying desperately to deafen us?

    The noise these riders make is extremely ear-racking. I live near a school and it is distressing to witness the amount of noise these idiots make around that school.

    Something has to be done about that.


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