Stop them

Road safety advocate comments on accident

The Barbados Road Safety Association (BRSA) has called on Government to enact strict laws to deter persons from crossing the country’s roads at undesignated areas.

On Saturday night, Barbados registered its first road fatality for year when 79-year-old pedestrian Ione Gilkes who was struck by a car on the ABC Highway.

Reports circulating on social media allege that the woman was attempting to cross the Jersey barrier when she was hit, although her relatives have said they did not believe this to be true.

Still, BRSA President Sharmane Roland-Bowen said she was worried that other persons could be injured or killed attempting similar crossings.

And she called on Government to take steps to protect such people from themselves.

“We need to provide legislations that would deter persons from crossing those Jersey barriers because this is not the first time that this has happened and it can happen again unless we put our foot down and issue a law. Create a law that would send a strong message to those persons.

“Our laws are here to protect us, and we need to protect persons even if it means protecting them from themselves because at anytime when a pedestrian crosses at a place not designated for crossing, they are risking their lives,” the road safety advocate said.

Roland-Bowen said the BRSA has repeatedly warned road users against engaging in dangerous practices but these warnings were being ignored.

She told Barbados TODAY the time had come for more drastic measures.

“It has been said repeatedly and persons are not answering the call.  We need to take a more drastic measure in implementing this law and making it an offense for persons to risk their lives and safety and also endangering the lives of other road users.”

Additionally, the BRSA president said the lighting conditions on the country’s highways needed to be improved significantly as they were contributing factors in some of the accidents.

“We need to get those lights fixed . . . . We are not condoning the lady crossing the road but if the lighting conditions were better probably the person that was driving that vehicle might have been able to make an evasive maneuver and [avoid] that lady. We also need to look at getting those lights that are not working fixed before something like that occurs again,” she added.

6 Responses to Stop them

  1. Tony Waterman February 9, 2016 at 6:34 am

    @BRSA President Sharmane Roland-Bowen!!!!! You Said, Quote “We are not condoning the lady crossing the road but if the lighting conditions were better probably the person that was driving that vehicle might have been able to make an evasive maneuver and [avoid] that lady.” are you really a Road safety Adcocate, well!!! no doubt things like this are occouring on our Roads, where is there ENOUGH Room on THAT Road to make this EVASIVE Maneuver, what you are advocating would surely result in a Horrific Disaster. please thing before you speak,PLEESAE.

    Again Your Quote!!!”“We need to provide legislations that would deter persons from crossing those Jersey barriers because this is not the first time that this has happened and it can happen again unless we put our foot down and issue a law. Create a law that would send a strong message to those persons.”” I am sure that you are quite aware that there are TWO Laws against Committing Murder, but it still occours, just recently we had our first for the year, we DON’T NEED any new Laws, we need what we have ENFORCED, on the other hand this Crossing the Highway in not anything new, that is why we have a Pedestrian Crossing that cost a few hundred Thousand Dollars, BUT the MTW could solve this problem by installing a Barrier on top of the Jersey barriers this is done in Both Canada and the USA.
    Failing all This Police Patrols of the Highway in Unmarked cars would be another suggestion, which would also catch daredevils also.

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  2. jrsmith February 9, 2016 at 9:48 am

    We will never stop , seeing serious and fatal accidents on Barbados roads, our people attitudes and lawlessness , is where we are at, and the political failures, next thing we have a bunch of people the CV talkers in Barbados , which when they open they mouths, brings further disaster..

    No one crosses the road on highways, its either walk ways underground, or gantry, why is it , the most simple rules ,laws regarding the enforcement ,of safety on the world roads, seems to be a end of the world project to Barbados, to deploy the same.. what takes 6 months anywhere else , will take 6 years in Barbados…

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  3. Mac10 February 9, 2016 at 7:33 pm

    Legislate common sense???

    How about calling for crossing that are sager & moves away from roundabouts!!!

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  4. Tony Waterman February 10, 2016 at 1:27 am

    @Mac10!!!!! This have nothing to do with Roundabouts, People MUST use their Common sense(If there is any) and a desire to follow the ESTABLISHED rules and Laws, if that Woman had indeed climbed over the Jersey Barrier, and had indeed ATTEMPTED to Cross that Highway, with cars travelling at 80Kmh and some at more than that, the, it is she and she alone, that was the cause of her Demise, Not the Government, Not The Police, Not the MTW, SHE and SHE alone. Why is this so difficult to Understand ?? Assuming that she was in full charge of ALL of her Mental Faculties, then it was she who would have made that CONCIOUS Decision to cross that busy Highway, NO ONE ELSE.

    BTW!!! Not knowing EXACTLY where on that part of the Hwy this occoured, is this anywhere in close proximity to that near 1/2Mil pedestrian overpass ? and if yes why would she not have used tnat overpass to cross the Hwwy??? and please don’t tell me about Robbery et al when using that overpass, i used it many times when in Barbados, and up to now has had no problems. if people stop complaining about all types of Silly complaints about the overpass and start using i, then it will NOT be a Lonely place.

    Not to come across as a Hard Heart, i woiuld like to convey my sincerest Condolemces to all the Family of Ione Gilkes, May she now rest in Peace, and rise aging someday in Glory with the Angels.

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  5. Maureen Smith February 10, 2016 at 3:08 am

    If such accidents are a common occurrence in Barbados, instead of introducing new laws, why not run classes or TV advertisements that address how to get from one side of the road to the other side without endangering your own or the lives of others.

    With the exception of young children and those whose mental capacity is impaired, if people wish to ‘play chicken’ with a large metal object for reasons best known to them, you could introduce as many laws as you like, they will play.

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  6. Tony Webster February 10, 2016 at 4:44 am

    Wouldja believe…that the very first thing I learnt in school…de FIRST thing…was how to cross de road safely? Yessir!!!!

    FIRST , look to de right.
    THEN….look to de left.
    THEN…look to de right AGAIN. Effin ALL o’ dem is clear , den cross-over quickly.
    Wow, I ain’t de smartest guy…but I pick-up real quick.

    No new law required, please…just raise our kids well, and with lots of love. Even, with “tough love”. Yes, I’m very sorry some folks have lost a loved one, and hope God’s comforting hand is extended to comfort them.

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