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Police going after ‘reckless’ drivers

Police said drivers who were caught on camera engaging in “dangerous, reckless and irresponsible” behaviour on the roads during yesterday’s shutdown will not get away with it.

Veteran member of the Royal Barbados Police Force traffic division Sergeant Seibert Johnson told Barbados TODAY this morning he had seen disturbing videos circulating on social media showing motorists driving thoughtlessly on the roads while the island was on shutdown because of Tropical Storm Matthew.

Johnson said the content of the videos, which he described as dangerous, reckless and irresponsible, was being investigated by police, and gave the assurance that the perpetrators would feel the full brunt of the law.

“We will be looking forward to bringing some charges against those persons which we identify . . . .Some of them had writing, there are cars we can identify by their colours. The registration numbers of the vehicles, once they are legit we can find them and that is what we are going to do,” Johnson said.

The lawman identified several areas where he said drivers were engaging in illegal moves, making clear police knew who they were and would be going after them.

“You would have seen the one going down Broad Street and heading on to Lower Broad Street; again, that was video-taped by someone’s camera from inside the car.

“The one on Baxter’s Road, that guy came down the road and he was hand breaking and turning in the centre of the road and that is reckless, that is dangerous. He could have easily lost control of that vehicle on the wet surface and cause injury to himself or some other person that might have been on the road,” the officer explained.

He also identified a number of vehicles used in irresponsible activities at roundabouts, including Jackson, as belonging to a particular club and companies with which he said was familiar.

“I saw them perform recently at the Gymnasium and some of the same cars that are there drifting around the [Jackson] roundabout are some of the same cars that are involved in the illegal acts yesterday.

“Then the one at the Garrison is owned by a particular company in Barbados where the colours are all painted the same colour and could be easily identified. Then there is the other one there by Cost-U-Less roundabout with a black jeep,” he said.

The police spokesman stressed that the perpetrators engaging in the unlawful acts could not be allowed to get away without facing the consequences of their actions because “they have put innocent lives at risk”.

“Even yesterday I was outside for a short while and I saw motorcycles wheel up. So everybody took the time out yesterday to do what they want to do. It would have been dangerous in those high winds yesterday, but those guys found time to do nonsense,” he said.

Meantime, Public Relations Officer Station Sergeant Roland Cobbler appealed to Barbadians to respect the warnings issued by the Department of Emergency Management.

Sergeant Roland Cobbler

Sergeant Roland Cobbler

“There are a few persons who ignored the warnings that were being emphasized on the media and we want to encourage those persons to desist from those practices because any depression or storm could be unpredictable and it doesn’t make any sense exposing yourself to such dangers,” Cobbler said.

17 Responses to Police going after ‘reckless’ drivers

  1. Hal Austin September 30, 2016 at 9:23 am

    About time. The courts must also suspend licenses and order people to re-take their tests.
    Also make insurance companies pay if they insure drivers without valid licenses.
    Make it real by putting more uniformed officers on the streets.

  2. Philip Matthews
    Philip Matthews September 30, 2016 at 9:34 am

    We will See .

  3. Dan Vaughn
    Dan Vaughn September 30, 2016 at 9:52 am

    They would never learn that ” foolishness don’t mek sense”. (My mother’s quote)

  4. Pam Fazio
    Pam Fazio September 30, 2016 at 10:05 am

    Start with the mini vans,motorcycles..start checking every motor vehicle for proof of insurance and proper license.

    • Michelle Griffith
      Michelle Griffith September 30, 2016 at 11:31 am

      You know that is besides the point,he is speaking about those lawless and ignorant persons on the road at a particular time endangering people’s lives.

  5. La verdad September 30, 2016 at 11:03 am

    Why wait until now to go after these reckless drivers ? Reckless drivers have been a menace to the Barbadian public for years so instead of waiting to go after them now you should have been going after them years ago.
    It seems to me that the Police Dept. is only interested now just because the tourists can see on social media they can be killed by reckless drivers on the Island of Barbados.
    This is nothing more than just a media blitz ( as always ) by the Public Relations section of the Police department.

  6. jrsmith September 30, 2016 at 11:22 am

    Lets really see if anyone would be prosecuted , you cannot beat the camera evidence ,, this is years late ,watch this space…
    As a bajan very proud to see how clean cut our , (Sergeant Rowland ) looks….

  7. Phil September 30, 2016 at 11:29 am

    The stretch of ABC Highway between Rubis Kendal Hill and Chickmount roundabout at Newton, Becomes a raceway almost every night between 10:00 p.m. and 4:00 a.m. This event seem to be well organized and both white and black drivers are involved. Besides being a threat to other drivers, the noise emitted from these vehicles interferes with people as far as Graeme Hall and surrounding neighbourhoods. People ranging from babies to old folks have to put up with this nonsense I whis the Police would do something about this hazardous and annoying illegal activity

  8. jrsmith September 30, 2016 at 12:30 pm

    @, Phil , hail , hail , this is an issue which was in play for a long time now, they would never be any enforcement by the authorities to interfere with the ,,,, ( people , people’s who control Barbados ),,,, if they were local groups that would never be allowed ,,,,, bajans will never have equal rights in Barbados.,,,,,

  9. Eddy Murray
    Eddy Murray September 30, 2016 at 1:09 pm

    If the DEM did do a better job the police would not have to go after nobody, the amy and the police should bean on the streets partroling them while the country was on shut down.

  10. Eddy Murray
    Eddy Murray September 30, 2016 at 1:10 pm

    If the people that was doing lawlessnes did mash up a couple of store windows and start looting

  11. Renaldo Techfourless Scott
    Renaldo Techfourless Scott September 30, 2016 at 1:51 pm

    Are you guys hunting down the numerous public service vehicles, that can be seen on the road daily and on social media putting numerous lives at danger also. Concern Citizens

  12. Amber Blackman
    Amber Blackman September 30, 2016 at 2:56 pm

    Stupseeeeeeee…..y’all should put this much effort into looking for murderers and thieves

  13. Lauraine Clarke
    Lauraine Clarke September 30, 2016 at 3:14 pm

    I am going to say, there is no big sin and small sin,whoever break the rules on the shut down day ,should have to pay a price.

  14. Hunte Omar
    Hunte Omar September 30, 2016 at 3:29 pm

    These reckless drivers who demonstrate a lack of respect for the law in addition to the safety of other road users, should be ban from holding a driver license .

  15. Alwin Ellis
    Alwin Ellis September 30, 2016 at 6:02 pm

    And when yuh done with the drivers,start with government ministers who for the pass 8 years was more than reckless wity tax payers money

  16. Sarifa September 30, 2016 at 10:29 pm

    At 5 pm this evening driving up university hill there was 2 reckless bike riders going down the hill towards black rock near tnt with his front wheels in the air at break neck speed with little care about the car in front and behind. Now I dont wish bad for anyone but I was just hoping he would pop his backside on the road, nor to be killed but get a road burn on his rear that he would not be able yo sit on another bike.


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