Ignorant talk

Road safety advocate ridicules Kellman’s Facebook post

The country’s leading road safety advocate is describing as “ignorance” a comment by Minister of Housing Denis Kellman on the condition of the island’s roads.

President of the Barbados Road Safety Association (BRSA) Sharmane Roland-Bowen today said she would not “waste my time” engaging Kellman on the comment posted on his Facebook page on New Year’s Day in which he questioned whether potholes can save lives.

“My take on it is that people are saying things out of ignorance. I really wouldn’t go to engage because you are not on a level when it comes to certain areas to speak about things. So I would not waste my time,” a hesitant Roland-Bowen said when asked to comment on Kellman’s post.

“No, it doesn’t save lives, it causes accidents, it causes injuries to people, it causes aggression and road rage on our roads. That is what they do.”

The BRSA this morning launched an initiative to alert unsuspecting road users to dangerous potholes, which have become a major area of concern for motorists and pedestrians.

Road users and safety campaigners have complained of damage to vehicles caused by the potholes, which they describe as safety hazards.

The BRSA initiative – placing brightly-coloured warning signs ahead of the potholes – is the latest effort by the organization to make the country’s roads safer.

Roland-Bowen also repeated her organization’s constant pleas for legislation to introduce breathalyzer testing and limiting the use of mobile phones while driving, as well as enforcement of laws that prohibit driving while under the influence of alcohol.

“These are three things that can save lives. So to answer that question, these are what save lives, but people are still ignoring it for their personal interest and that is not right, because who is suffering? The road users,” she said.

The BRSA placed the first sign along a section of the Sargeant Village main road in Christ Church.

BRSA members Sharmane Roland-Bowen and Carson Lee placing a flag to indicate to motorists that a pothole is ahead.

However, a team from the Ministry of Transport and Works arrived there first and had patched the hole.

“You beat us to it; continue beating us to it. That is what we want,” Roland-Bowen told the team.

However, given that the material used was a mixture of gravel and tar, she expressed disappointment at the “temporary measure”.

“When you put these little things and have to come back every two or three weeks all of that is going to add up when you could have done it properly in the first place.

“We need better roads and better patching methods than what are currently being used or what they want to throw at us,” she said.

The road safety campaigner said the association had reached a point of frustration, suggesting that the authorities had made promises in the past to pacify activists, but had failed to act.

“These promises are not being kept, they are only to make you passive. But it can no longer be.

“We have given these people so many years to do the right thing and they are not doing it, and we are going into 2017, another year of waiting on false promises. No. Something needs to happen. This is where we start,” Roland-Bowen said.

The association today went to a number of parishes including, St Michael, St James and St Thomas to place the signs, made of a bright yellow stick and an orange triangular flag.

Signs are being placed about 40 feet from the potholes on roads with a speed limit below 80 kilometres per hour, and about 60 feet from potholes on roadways with a speed limit of 80 kilometres per hour. (MM)

18 Responses to Ignorant talk

  1. Benn January 5, 2017 at 5:47 am

    I think kellman was Under the Influence when he made that comment that potholes can save lives where did you come up with that mr. Kellerman it makes no sense

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    • Sunshine Sunny Shine January 7, 2017 at 7:46 pm

      How many times must this jack azz be under the influence to prove that he is not the idiot we all know him to be? This man is a rabbit.

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  2. Jennifer January 5, 2017 at 7:02 am

    We need better and quicker handling of vehicle damage claims too. Not every body got three or four vehicles at their homes that they can go and take another one and use.

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  3. Zeus January 5, 2017 at 7:12 am

    The attire of this woman makes me wonder if this is not a publicity stunt ….honestly is this woman really dressed for the job she proposed to be carrying out and the association she heads which consist of one important word SAFETY ….pratice what you preach lady ……at least you are consistent from your school days at foundation …flashy ….smh another foundation old scholar looking for some publicity

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    • Leroy January 5, 2017 at 12:00 pm

      why dont you stay on topic?

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    • Mark My Word January 9, 2017 at 11:26 am

      Deal wid de message not thhe messenger BobO Mock Zeus

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  4. Tony Webster January 5, 2017 at 9:27 am

    @Zeus: pardnuh…why you an’ Carson, don’t go and tek a swim in Graeme Hall pond, nuh? You mean to seh, dat nevuh in all yuh eddicated years, learn that trying killing de messenger, don’t even mark fat on de message?

    Mrs Roland-Bowen….MORE power to you lady!!

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  5. Alex Alleyne January 5, 2017 at 10:07 am

    Kellman, and this guy is a Minister, Oh what Politics come to in BIM.
    He is LOST.

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  6. Alex Alleyne January 5, 2017 at 10:08 am

    He is “hungry” for knowledge.

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  7. Jackie January 5, 2017 at 10:22 am

    Zeus what a fool you are how does her dress take away or add to the serious issue of the potholes. You’re probably a pedestrian anyway so they wouldn’t bother you unless the bus falls into one.

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  8. Observer January 5, 2017 at 10:53 am

    It’s damn shame how offended u folks get when a person speak the truth instead of putting down stupid sticks you should be fussing with government to allocate some type of emergency funds to fixed these raggedy ass streets people are driving around on

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  9. Zeus January 5, 2017 at 12:12 pm

    Someone said to stay on the topic …….here goes last year this time the lady did not make potholes and issue reason being Barbados was in some what of a drought for the past month or so it rained in Barbados consistently causing damage to the roads ….so tell me which government can repair roads one when the rain is falling and two all the roads at the same time …..you can have all the money in the world road repairs take time ….somebody mentioned my name along with a Carson ….I am a realist

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  10. hush-up January 5, 2017 at 2:49 pm

    what is Barbados made of? ever thought of that !!!!!!

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  11. Helicopter(8P) January 5, 2017 at 4:02 pm

    Zeus I think you should stick to the topic!

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  12. Peter January 5, 2017 at 4:36 pm

    Zeus, You remind me of a caller to Brass Tacks. He believes in the flat earth theory. He called himself Left brain. Why? He left his brain in his mother’s womb so9 he doesn’t have a brain. How can you be so insipid? Did you expect that lady to be wearing a crash helmet? I don’t know what you do for a living But I surely would not hire you nor recommend you. You have to be self employed. You are so9 negative you find something wrong with everything.

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  13. Peter January 5, 2017 at 4:37 pm

    Zeus, You remind me of a caller to Brass Tacks. He believes in the flat earth theory. He called himself Left brain. Why? He left his brain in his mother’s womb so9 he doesn’t have a brain. How can you be so insipid? Did you expect that lady to be wearing a crash helmet? I don’t know what you do for a living But I surely would not hire you nor recommend you. You have to be self employed. You are so negative you find something wrong with everything.

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  14. Guy Smiley January 5, 2017 at 4:44 pm

    Zeus you are a typical bajan. Ever bad minded.

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  15. Guy Smiley January 5, 2017 at 4:45 pm

    What does how she dresses have to do with you?

    Malicious bajan!

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