Too much drinking and driving, laments senior cop

A senior officer of the Royal Barbados Police Force (RBPF) says drunk driving and speeding are possible factors behind some accidents on the island’s roads.

Assistant Superintendent Ronald Stanford’s comments came during the launch of the Junior Road Rangers Scheme by the Barbados Road Safety Association yesterday.

The launch took place against the backdrop of six fatalities in motor vehicle accidents over the past two weeks. Altogether, 20 people have died thus far for the year on the island’s roads, exceeding last year’s total of 14.

Stanford pleaded with motorists to acknowledge the rules for safe road use, especially during the upcoming Independence and Christmas celebrations.

He emphasized that drinking alcohol and then driving was risky behaviour as the substance impaired judgement, often resulting in speeding.

Assistant Superintendent Ronald Stanford
Assistant Superintendent Ronald Stanford

“I want you to celebrate and celebrate responsibly. If you are going to drive, please don’t drink and if you are going to drink, please don’t drive,” Stanford said. “If you drink, get other avenues for transport. Passengers, please do not accept rides with persons you know have been drinking.”

Speaking at the event and responding to calls for the speeding up of breathalyzer testing legislation,  Minister of Transport and Works Michael Lashley indicated there was a provision in the present Road Safety Act that addressed the illegality of driving under the influence.

The Junior Road Rangers Scheme seeks to educate primary school children about safe road use. Sharon Primary is the first to be involved during the pilot phase of the programme.

Lashley, who praised the Road Safety Association for introducing the initiative, said the programme was a way of incorporating road safety topics into the school learning experience.

As the island observes Road Safety Month, Lashley extended sympathy to persons who have lost loved ones either on the roads recently or over the years on behalf of his ministry.

He said his ministry was continuing to work assiduously to improve the road infrastructure to provide a safer environment for road users and would soon be embarking on road safety projects.

“This was done by constructing roundabouts at intersections which were previously the scenes of frequent accidents, by installing traffic calming devices, by realigning roads and sidewalks and by increasing road markings and signs among many other measures,” he said.

President of the Road Safety Association, Charmaine Roland-Bowen, said the Junior Road Rangers programme already exists in several countries and was introduced in Barbados with the objective of having children become advocates for the promotion of road safety.

She said five other primary schools would be involved in the programme.

5 Responses to Too much drinking and driving, laments senior cop

  1. seagul November 6, 2015 at 7:29 am

    If this ‘provision of road safety act was implemented may be just may be, there wouldn’t be so much deaths on our narrow streets.

  2. Observer November 6, 2015 at 7:53 am

    We need to make getting a license in barbados hard like the old days ,then youngsters will have to prove them selves if they can drive and insist on driver’s ed classes ,speeding and driving like a fool does not signified u r experience

  3. dave November 6, 2015 at 8:02 am

    This Govt has FAILED miserably in every area.
    All of these things we elected them to take care of but they are busy securing pensions and greased palms–SHAME !!!!

  4. Alex Alleyne November 6, 2015 at 12:39 pm

    The “shop limes’ are the watering holes , then persons drive to get home.

  5. Ormond Mayers November 6, 2015 at 1:27 pm

    All the programs and initiatives intended to sensitize the public on road safety, would bear fruit, when drivers exercise a greater level of responsibility , and respect the traffic regulations.

    There is need for heavier penalties in the law Courts, for motorist who blatantly demonstrates a lack of respect for safety on the public roads.

    The Court is too lenient with light fines and not revoking the driver incenses of offenders.



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