BRSA saw accident coming, – Roland-Bowen

The Barbados Road Safety Association (BRSA) said one of its worst fears was realized with an injury to a 12-year-old boy as a result of a pothole.

The Frederick Smith Secondary School student was awaiting a bus to school at about 8:30 yesterday morning when he was struck by a motorist avoiding a 3.5-inch deep pothole.

“We are very upset. This is what we were preparing the ministry for; this is what we had anticipated. We said all along that accidents can happen, potholes can cause accidents, and they did not listen to us. Next time could be a fatality,” BRSA President Sharmane Roland-Bowen said.

The non-government organization advocating for safe road use and conditions last week began erecting brightly coloured flags along sections of the roads in several communities to alert motorists of upcoming potholes.

The Ministry of Transport & Works (MTW) has since advised that the signs are illegal; and while defying an order to take them down, Roland-Bowen had said the association would not erect any more flags.

However, the accident prompted BRSA to erect a notification sign near the crater in the vicinity of Waves Hotel in Prospect, St James to alert unsuspecting motorists of the danger that lies ahead.

Amid scathing criticism of the poor road conditions, Government on Monday rolled out its million-dollar pothole patching programme in some St Michael communities.

Still Roland-Bowen said yesterday’s accident could have been avoided if the authorities had acted more swiftly.

“As you can see yesterday with that incident one young fella, he got hurt, and if this had been acted on urgently this could not have happened; it could have been avoided, and that is why we are here today to prevent these accidents,” the road safety advocate told Barbados TODAY.

Meantime, Roland-Bowen disclosed that the BRSA wrote the ministry today requesting permission to install more notification signs.

“We are asking them to do something, we are awaiting a reply; we are also asking them to meet with us to discuss matters pertaining to this pothole issue . . . . Monday started the pothole initiative and as you can see accidents are still happening and vehicles are getting damaged
. . . . We asking the ministry to help us protect our people, our citizens, so give us permission [to erect more pothole markers] because right now they are not doing it.”

The BRSA president also took the opportunity to address concerns that the signs could distract motorists, insisting the organization was simply trying to save lives.

“This type of distraction is a much-needed one because it can save lives; and we don’t agree that it is a distraction at all because as you drive you should be focused on the road . . . . It has no writing on it [and] you can see it at night.

“If they are saying that our flags which are placed to protect and safeguard persons is a distraction we need to ask, what about the cars for sale that are placed along the highways with the telephone numbers that people have to drive and read? What about the billboard signs and the roundabout beautifications?” she asked.

Source: (AGB)

6 Responses to BRSA saw accident coming, – Roland-Bowen

  1. Yvette January 12, 2017 at 7:34 am

    Drivers beware: You can replace a car or parts, you cannot replace a person’s life. Do not shun a pothole at the expense of hurting someone nearby.

  2. Tony Waterman January 12, 2017 at 1:07 pm

    This Can’t be right, a 3.5 Inch deep Hole caused and Collision????? OMG,

    OMG!!!!! This Can’t be Roght, this has to be a MISPRINT, how can a 3.5 Inch Pothole cause a Collision/Accident, at 3.5 Inches, that’s not even a Pothole, sounds more like a Nail Hole than a Pothole.

    To MTW, instead of tryin to or Castigating those who are trying to Help, why not erect your own signs to warn Drivers and Cyclists about the dangers of the Potholes ahead.

    What will the MTW (Government ) say when a Cyclist (Motorised or Pedal) is killed because of one of those Potholes, either by going into one of them, or in an effort to avoid one of them, and going into the path of a passing vehicle ????

    The Pothole repairs by the MTW is a waste of time and scarce Money, unless they source Motorised Tampers to ram down the asphalt Properly. I am sure that they are available at Williams Industries and orther Places.

  3. Nathaniel Samuels January 12, 2017 at 9:21 pm

    I wonder what our dear, smart Prime Minister and our beloved Lucy are saying now?

  4. Lennox hewitt January 12, 2017 at 10:57 pm

    Yes and what about the roundabout light up at xmas time when driving and looking at lights houses for sale n rent cars for sale reading phone numbers all those then is distraction den those flags has nothing to read .

  5. Rupert Greaves January 13, 2017 at 1:14 am

    In spite of all of our economic problems, Barbados is still the most relaxed country in the world where no one takes responsibility for his/her actions. The same way you slow down as soon as you see a dark cloud, you drive accordingly if you see the road is bad. Seems simple to me. It is difficult to lose control of your vehicle whilst taking your time.
    The new rule is that you continue to drive as though you should’ve arrived since yesterday and if at any time you become involved in an accident, you just shout ”pothole” and everything will be okay. This has now become the new “swear word” or buzz word.

  6. ch January 13, 2017 at 2:26 am

    No-one can discount personal responsibility for safe driving but that is not the issue.
    You cannot always see a pothole or, more importantly, its depth, until it is right in front of you- worse if it is dark or raining. It is the responsibility of Government to fix our roads for which we pay taxes and road tax. Period.
    The BRSA initiative is sensible and important and it will prevent vehicular damage, accidents and save lives.


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