Byer-Suckoo concerned about mature drivers

There is a need for persons who learned to drive between 30 and 40 years ago to be re-educated on road safety, Minister of Labour Senator Dr Esther Byer-Suckoo said yesterday.

“We have realized that the road, the number of cars on the road, the configuration of the road has changed and for some people, they have not been re-educated on the use of the road and you realize that when you drive behind certain people, that they are not really sure how to take this particular junction or particular roundabout,” she explained during debate in the Senate.

Dr Byer-Suckoo expressed concern that such drivers were also unaware about new traffic restrictions and signage.

“We have junctions that from time to time have changed, the marking of the road changes, the signage changes to say that you are no longer using this lane to do that, but folks don’t use the signage,” she said.

“They are accustomed of using this lane to do that, so they use that lane and then they find themselves in trouble.”

Dr Byer-Suckoo made the comments as she opened debate on the Land Acquisition Act, Cap 228 – Warrens Traffic Safety Improvement Project this morning.

She told colleagues that the bill not only provides for the acquisition of land in St Thomas, St Michael and St James but also was to address issues such as signage on the roads, vending on the roadways and an electronic vehicle registration programme which, she said, would be implemented very soon.

“Too many Barbadians are actually driving on our roads illegally . . . It is a dangerous situation,” she said, pointing out that the introduction of the electronic vehicle registration programme would seek to arrest such practices among other things.

6 Responses to Byer-Suckoo concerned about mature drivers

  1. Olutoye Walrond May 12, 2016 at 9:29 am

    Ms. Byer-Suckoo, I would humbly suggest to you that you have missed the mark on this one. The safest drivers on our roads today are those who learnt 30 to 40 years ago. That makes them senior drivers.

    Some of them may drive too slowly, but when you check the statistics the incidence of collisions involving them is far lower than that for young drivers. They are the ones who need educating.

    Being young does not mean you automatically know what the rules of the road are. All of us have to learn them in the same way.

    If elderly drivers are having difficulty understanding how to proceed at certain junctions and round-abouts, we all are having the same problem; because the people who administer these things have chosen to complicate things by failing to standardize the rules.

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  2. Alec Pierre May 12, 2016 at 12:24 pm

    Olu Walrond is 100% correct. The minister should “wheel and come again”

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  3. Marcia Clarke May 12, 2016 at 7:56 pm

    Hire Junior Jordan to reeducate the public……..Defensive Driving.

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  4. Tony Waterman May 13, 2016 at 2:34 am

    @Minister of Labour Senator Dr Esther Byer-Suckoo !!!! What a Load of BS.
    “Dr Byer-Suckoo expressed concern that such drivers were also unaware about new traffic restrictions and signage.”

    “We have junctions that from time to time have changed, the marking of the road changes, the signage changes to say that you are no longer using this lane to do that, but folks don’t use the signage,” she said.
    OH Yes????? Senator Have you Driven in Warrens since That Monumental Screw up that the MTW did on that Roundabout By Williams Industries, There were 27 Accidents in 1/2 hour there when it was opened, and all because no one wanted to Listen to or accept the offer of a Piece of land from Bizzy to make a Turn Lane into His Business. nad it is a nightmare if you want to get to Green Hill, you have to cross all the lanes of Traffic to accomplish that. so Mme.Minister, the problem is NOT the Drivers, it’d the Knuckle Heads that are Designing the Roads. there are a Litany of things that i could say on this Topic
    BTE Mme Minister!!!!WHAT SINAGE????

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  5. Elliott May 13, 2016 at 1:23 pm

    Mature drivers are far more careful and law abiding than a whole lot of the younger and less mature drivers that I have encountered on the roads in Barbados, and I have driving experiences overseas in the USA, as well as in the Uk. One contributor above pointed out that an examination of the statistics for accidents on our roads would indicate/highlight that the less mature drivers would be the ones in need of refresher courses. Having said that, I believe that refresher courses for every one would not be a bad idea overall.

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  6. jrsmith May 13, 2016 at 4:20 pm

    I was driving from the age of 14, I am pretty close to 80 living in the Uk for a long time , visiting Barbados as often as I can noticing the bad road infruscture, the un road worthy vehicles bald tyres showing the threads, people using the cell phones as if they were walking, drivers indicate to turn left and do a right.

    We have see some parts of London as like Barbados ,where roads have been built for horse and carts and still remain the same today, the difference road management and reasonable drivers, speed cameras everywhere , road humps and drivers been prosecuted for dangerous driving..

    Police spot check on vehicles , you get a ticket and you loose car for bald tyres, your car is clamped , for no Insurance no MOT no road fun , you are always have checks done with vehicles Data Identity. And a list of things which apply to traffic and road management and you hardly see a policeman…

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