BRSA concerned over poor street lighting

The Barbados Road Safety Association (BRSA) is calling on the Ministry of Transport and Works to urgently restore the street lighting at the Graeme Hall section of the ABC Highway, the scene of a fatal road accident early Sunday morning.   

Three Vincentian females – 17-year-old Danee Deverey Horne, 18-year-old Carianne Lee-New Padmore and 19-year-old Aziza Awanna Dennie – along with 23-year-old Barbadian Andre Jabarry Gittens of River Land, St Philip lost their lives in the two vehicle smash up.

Two Vincentian males, 18-year-old Darren Renaldo Daniel and 21-year-old Kemelius Boyea narrowly escaped death and were taken to the Queen Elizabeth Hospital by ambulance for treatment, along with taxi driver, 52-year-old Curtis Rock of Belleplaine, St Andrew, the driver of the second vehicle involved in the accident.

The deceased girls were part of a seven-member group who were here since last December for an internship programme at the Crane Resort, St Philip and were due to depart the island that same morning.

While careful not to speculate on the cause of the accident, BRSA President Sharmane Roland-Bowen said poor lighting in the area had been a source of concern for almost a year.

“Early last year those lights were out and it is really a cause of concern because that adds to the visibility issue on that road. I can’t say that this was the case with the recent tragedy we just had because the police are still investigating but in general it has been a cause of concern for motorists using that particular stretch of road.

“In most instances motorists would have no choice but to use their high beams and this is blinding to oncoming traffic. This situation has been neglected for too long and the authorities need to do something about this as a matter of urgency,” Roland-Bowen argued.

She said there was poor visibility due to poor lighting in other sections of the roadways, increasing the risks of accidents.

“There are other places along our highway – for instance across in St Thomas there are lights that are out and also in sections of the ABC highway. These all need to be looked at and our authorities need to provide a safe road for us. Part of the road safety infrastructure is the lighting system. These are highly traversed roads and they need to be looked at,” the BRSA president insisted.

“This is something that has been going on for so long, why is Government failing to live up to its responsibilities? There should be no cost which should stand in the way of saving lives,” she added.

Meanwhile Public Relations Officer of the Royal Barbados Police Force Inspector Roland Cobbler said that while Roland-Bowen’s point was a valid one, it was also incumbent on motorists to ensure that their vehicle lights were operating at optimum efficiency at all times.

“Lighting really does enhance visibility so street lights are a plus for persons driving in dark areas. So her point is a valid one. However, drivers have to ensure that their lights are always functioning,” Cobbler said. (CM)

6 Responses to BRSA concerned over poor street lighting

  1. Jason Ofori Brown
    Jason Ofori Brown February 2, 2017 at 4:08 am

    Street dudes hate lights.. Down in brixton alleyway……. They just break the lights….!

  2. Anne Ince
    Anne Ince February 2, 2017 at 7:55 am

    This needs to be addressed….too many accidents.

  3. Khati D
    Khati D'Souza February 2, 2017 at 8:16 am

    The youths too damn restless and wicked. Someone pelt and damage that stop light by Dalkeith hill. Thats disgusting.

  4. jrsmith February 2, 2017 at 1:31 pm

    Everything in barbados needs fixing, so these lights where in place and not working , thats the fault of our politicians so they must take most of the blame …
    Is nothing being done in barbados because the politicians dont really care …(Or is our Barbados broke) , no water, no buses, sewage in the streets ,no road management serious fatal accidents almost every week, 2 to 4 accidents daily,,,, but lots of guns and drugs………………………………………

    As for damaging streets lights , what has barbados come to …

  5. Carson C Cadogan February 2, 2017 at 2:15 pm

    You really need something to do Sharmane.

  6. Tony Waterman February 2, 2017 at 7:50 pm

    All the Inaminate Objects are being blamed for the Misfortunes of these Careless Drivers, who Have No one else to blame for their Misfortunes (if still alive) than themselves.

    The Highways/Roads and Light Standards (Lights on Poles) have been there for ages, Yes!!! Some of the Lights have been Burned out and have NOT been Replaced for some time, BUT!!!! is there not reason why the Operators of these Motor Vehicles should not take all this into account, and drive according to the conditions that do exist, instead of ignoring the Reality, and then blaming the Inaminate objects for their misfortunes???

    I drive in Barbados Every July August, and have been doing that Since 1970, i drive the Highway for it’s entire Length Regularly, and i have never had any problem with the Lighting, albeit somenoe who have had Cateract Surgery on Both of their eyes, so why are these Youthful people having such problems that are being blamed on Poor Lighting.
    STOP Making Excuses for Horrible Driving Practices, and get together and Help with a Remedy for these actions.

    Stop listening to “SHAGGY” (It was’nt me) not my fault, you did it.



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