Barbados records lowest road casualties in three decades

Call it a result of road safety awareness or mere coincidence, but Barbados has recorded the lowest number of deaths due to road accidents in 30 years.

“We’re at 10 fatalities for 2016, let it stay at 10, we don’t want 11,” President of the Barbados Road Safety Association (BRSA) Sharmane Roland-Bowen said.

As residents prepare to ring in the New Year, she is warning commuters to abide by the traffic laws and be considerate of fellow drivers and pedestrians.

In an interview with Barbados TODAY, the BRSA president urged motorists to refrain from driving under the influence.

Specifically cautioning younger drivers to the dangers of drunk driving and speeding, Roland–Bowen said “alcohol and speed” are the two main problem areas, noting that people being “distracted” while driving was also an issue.

“In most cases where you hear there is a fatality you can safely say that speed had to be involved at some point . . . we need people to watch their speed,” she cautioned.

In light of the revelry that is expected to occur over the weekend, Roland–Bowen, emphasized that legislation for the use of the breathalyser needs to be introduced within Barbados.

The road safety advocate lamented that too many young adults and older persons were engaging in binge drinking, putting the lives of pedestrians and motorists at risk.

“We need persons to think before they drink, think of the consequences before they go out there and they are trying to keep up with their friends and binge drinking and trying to get behind the wheel,” Roland–Bowen said.

“There are always going to be consequences after you have engaged in that practice. For the persons who are hearing and are not heeding, we would like to say to them, their lives are valuable, their lives are important, if not to them to their families that they will leave behind if they get into a fatal collision.”

The BSRA president also encouraged pedestrians to be careful on the roads at night and avoid wearing dark colours as is customary for New Year’s Eve.

Station Sergeant of the Traffic Division, Wayne Carrington, reiterated the advocate’s message, saying “do not drink and drive”.

He also specifically warned young drivers to abstain from the activity or to opt for a designated driver.

He said officers will be patrolling the roads over the weekend to ensure the safety of party-goers.

“We’re going to be out there all night, until five in the morning, to make sure that everything goes well,” Carrington said. (KK)

29 Responses to Barbados records lowest road casualties in three decades

  1. Darwin Augustin
    Darwin Augustin December 31, 2016 at 2:22 pm

    Potholes prevent speeding

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  2. Claire Battershield
    Claire Battershield December 31, 2016 at 2:35 pm

    The shootings take up the others

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    • Kenrick Purcell
      Kenrick Purcell December 31, 2016 at 11:36 pm

      Shootings and Stress…..Remember how many just dropped down dead in 2K16 ?

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    • Claire Battershield
      Claire Battershield December 31, 2016 at 11:47 pm

      Look how it has moved to people being found dead at home

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  3. Ricarla Vanessa Best
    Ricarla Vanessa Best December 31, 2016 at 3:19 pm

    The potholes Rohan Boyce Dominic Jervis Brittney Mckenzie Shanee Small

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  4. BaJan boy December 31, 2016 at 4:59 pm

    Congrats to Commissioner of Police AG. Griffith. Still this foolish government wants to go over his head as they did with the other promotions that ended in Court to promote a far less experience and knowledgeable leader. This DLP government is just a disgrace. The worse ever..

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  5. Ann Szebenyi
    Ann Szebenyi December 31, 2016 at 5:36 pm

    1 more night to go, so don’t drink n drive…

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  6. Jason Smith
    Jason Smith December 31, 2016 at 6:19 pm

    Tell me how much deaf or hard of hearing were accident for 2016????? Roseanna Tudor ZERO!!!!!

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  7. Mazie Taylor
    Mazie Taylor December 31, 2016 at 8:12 pm

    Praise the Lord

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  8. Sagaboy December 31, 2016 at 9:01 pm

    @BaJan boy. You don’t know what you are talking about. You are talking nonsense.

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  9. Sagaboy December 31, 2016 at 9:05 pm

    Not only are road fatalities down but murders/homcides are down over 2016. The RBPF should be congratulated for their hard word in 2016.

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  10. Oa Ml
    Oa Ml December 31, 2016 at 11:09 pm

    Potholes

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  11. Maaz A Love
    Maaz A Love January 1, 2017 at 12:33 am

    Fix the damn roads around the island put sidewalks for the people to walk. Ridiculous where’s the money goin?! Let’s make Barbados great again!

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  12. Adrian Allison
    Adrian Allison January 1, 2017 at 12:36 am

    That’s a positive.
    Let’t reduce the amount of murders for 2017.

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  13. Hal Austin January 1, 2017 at 8:20 am

    One car per household.

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  14. seagul January 1, 2017 at 8:31 am

    Two bicycles per household.

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  15. Joel C. Payne
    Joel C. Payne January 1, 2017 at 11:47 am

    The pot holes mean nobody can speed. A 10 Km/H colission ent go kill nobody. Anyway congrats Barbados.

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  16. Ryan Williams
    Ryan Williams January 1, 2017 at 1:10 pm

    The roads where the majority of road fatalities are reported did not have potholes. It was driver error due to speeding or taking a silly risk. We recorded fewer road fatalities this year because the DLP has taxed bajans up to their hairlines……They have raised the cost of living by astronomical numbers- We are paying ridiculous amounts of money on gas/diesel…….A cell tax, levies, tipping fees, sweet drink taxes, etc……The mismanagement of our government entities, as reported by the Auditor General, all these things influence how many drivers can afford to leave home….So we have had fewer road fatalities due to hard times enforced by the DLP, not potholes. More people drive because they have no choice (work, etc), than people who drive because they have nothing to do…..so regardless of potholes, the majority of us will drive.

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  17. Saga Boy January 1, 2017 at 3:27 pm

    @Ryan why don’t you tell the private sector to stop the price gorging? Why is it that the markup on several items is more than a hundred times the cost of said items? The private sector have been ripping us off for years and people like you say nothing. But yah blaming the DLP. The PRIVATE SECTOR continues to pay starvation wages to workers; in some cases they pay below minimum wages; don’t pay vacation pay or NIS; refuse to open shops when cruise liners are in town and therefore fail to help earn foreign currency they use up and don’t replenish. The so call mismanagement you refer to is not a new phenomenon ..that has always been an issue …Your apparent correlation between the road fatalities and taxation is foolish. Do your research on the level of taxation regionally and extra regionally and come back with more foolish answers.

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  18. Barbara Stack
    Barbara Stack January 1, 2017 at 4:07 pm

    Barbados has to have the most polite drivers in the world.

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  19. Tony Waterman January 2, 2017 at 5:21 pm

    It is refreshing to hear of our 30 Year Low in Road Fatalities, many have their ideas of it it came about, but that does NOT Matters, what matters is that this IS an acheivement.

    QUOTE:“We’re at 10 fatalities for 2016, let it stay at 10, we don’t want 11,” President of the Barbados Road Safety Association (BRSA) Sharmane Roland-Bowen said. END QUOTE

    This is quite the REQUEST from The President of the Barbados Road Safety Association (BRSA) Sharmane Roland-Bowen. But is she referring to just Old Years Night, or is this her wish for 2017 also???
    so in the Absence of a detailed wish for 2017, may i suggest, “0” for 2017, might be a Pipe dream, but one can always hope for Better.
    @Ryan Williams!!! you are quite right about the Roads, whether the Government is doing good or bad should not be incorporated in this, Every Driver should have enough Common Sense (Not so common anymore) to be the best He/She can be whenever He/She is behind the Wheel of His/Her vehicle, where i drive now the Law Specifically States that the Driver and the Driver ALONE is responsible for the SAFE operation of their Vehicle AT ALL TIMES.

    What is happening in Barbados Today is apparently what is happening here also, everyone is concentrating on speeding as a reason for Road fatalities, and os seemingly losing site of the NEW Phenomenon “DISTRACTED DRIVING”
    Road Fatalities due to Speeding and Drunk Driving, is also WAY DOWN also, and has been OVERTAKEN by “DISTRACTED DRIVING” Talking on the Phone, and TEXTING on the Phone Whilst Driving, but as far as i am aware (Subject to Correction) the Barbados Motor Vehicle and Road Traffic Act, has NOT been Amended by Parliament to reflect these NEW REALITIES.

    @HAl Austin!!! Remember what Happened to Tom Adams when he HALTED the Importration of Motor Cars to Barbados ???
    tHAT pOLICY HAS BEEN A standard IN BERMUDA FOR YEARS, and has worked well. but unfortunately, i dont see it working in Barbados where EVERYONE feels ENTITLED.

    @Saga Boy!!! Show me the Figures to back up that Statement if you Can,Surprise me !!!!!!

    @Barbara Stack (Any Family to Robert Stack???) I have been a Licensed Driver in Barbados since 1964, and has Driven in The UK, The USA, and still driving in Canada, and i no longer drive in Barbados unless i Have to, Today’s Bajan Drivers are the WORST i have seen anywhere i have travelled over the Years except Holland where Drivers there are very similar to those in Barbados Today.

    A VERY HAPPY, HEALTHY, AND SAFE 2017 TO ALL AND SUNDRY.

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  20. Saga Boy January 2, 2017 at 6:50 pm

    Tony,
    The point I am making re taxation is that taxation in Barbados is not significantly different from what obtains in leading Caribbean countries as well as developed and developing countries around the world. Please check the following web sites: http://www.taxpolicycenter.org/briefing-book/how-do-us-taxes-compare-internationally

    http://archive.caricom.org/jsp/community/cota/general_assembly/18cota-surveyontaxsystems.pdf

    In relation to the private sector it would s well known that workers in retail shops especially non unionized ones are paid minimum wages and below;

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  21. Helicopter(8P) January 3, 2017 at 11:03 am

    The new plan for the city not far off is! Park your car at a parking garage multi storied at the city limits zone and drive a golf cart electric vehicle into B’town!

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