God help us, says BRSA head

One of the country’s leading road safety advocates is counting on divine intervention to end the spate of fatal road accidents.

In the wake of the country’s ninth road death this year, President of the Barbados Road Safety Association (BRSA) Sharmane Roland-Bowen said the time had come to reverse the trend, but only God could help achieve this.

To this end the BRSA is hosting an interfaith national service on March 12 at the First Baptiste Church on Constitutional Road to offer supplication.

“All believers come out, come out and let us pray and take back our roads. It is not about religion, it is not about politics, it is about saving lives and asking prayers to intervene to get us back safety on our streets and to reduce the number of fatalities we are having . . .  because what is happening is not right and we need to ask God to intervene,” Roland-Bowen said.

Barbados recorded its ninth road death Wednesday – one short of the total for all of last year – when 12-year-old Destiny Martina Thompson, of Vine Yard, St Philip was struck by a car at Boarded Hall, St George.

Twelve-year-old Destiny Martina Thompson was struck and killed at Boarded Hall, St George Wednesday.

The Springer Memorial Secondary School student had reportedly come from behind a bus from which she had alighted and was attempting to cross the main road when she was hit by the vehicle driven 26-year-old Alicia Mayers of Wildey, St Michael. She died on the spot around 3:30 p.m.

Thursday, Roland-Bowen appealed to road users to be vigilant and advised passengers who disembark from public service vehicles to “please wait and let the buses go long”.

“Don’t ever cross in front or behind the buses because it is extremely dangerous. Drivers need to see you in order to avoid hitting you and when you do that you act as a blind stop.

“We also want to appeal to bus drivers, in some instances, to desist from calling passengers across the road because sometimes they do contribute to [this]. Their job is to transport people and not to direct traffic and we would like to see them desist from that,” the road safety advocate stressed.

She called on the authorities to organize education programmes on traffic safety, even suggesting that the subject be added to the school curriculum as part of social studies or life skills programmes.

She also to a jab at the Caribbean Broadcasting Corporation (CBC) for dropping her segment on road safety from its Mornin’ Barbados show.

While not mentioning CBC by name, she spoke of opportunities given to both the BRSA and the Royal Barbados Police Force to talk about road safety every week on television and on radio.

And she credited these programmes for a steep drop in the number of road fatalities last year.

“Because it was like that we managed to save 13 lives as opposed to the previous year when it was 23. Last year there were ten because we were drilling it and drilling it in people’s ears and that was put to an end on January 5th,” she complained.

33 Responses to God help us, says BRSA head

  1. Adelia de Silvia
    Adelia de Silvia February 16, 2017 at 11:38 pm

    R.I.P. little angel.

  2. Bashment Jones
    Bashment Jones February 16, 2017 at 11:42 pm

    May she R.I.P

  3. Jason Agard
    Jason Agard February 17, 2017 at 12:04 am

    Stop saying R- I – P and start saying u will rise again lil princess

  4. Candi Xoo
    Candi Xoo February 17, 2017 at 12:16 am


  5. Beverley Hewitt
    Beverley Hewitt February 17, 2017 at 1:04 am

    Sad that all i can say

  6. Joceline Blackett
    Joceline Blackett February 17, 2017 at 2:10 am

    May her gentle soul rest in peace.

  7. Sean Gibbs February 17, 2017 at 2:22 am

    In cases like this people tend to only look at the ones involved in the accident. What we need to look at is wheather or not the government is doing enough to protect it’s citizens. If the police and the law courts took back control of the road by removing all of the known wreck less and indifferent drivers who have multiple charges the road would be safer. MTW also need to do its part and ever bus stop should have an area where the traveling public can embark and disembark the buses without having to wait/stand in the road.

  8. Ingrid Jones
    Ingrid Jones February 17, 2017 at 3:03 am

    So sad!

  9. Angus Benn
    Angus Benn February 17, 2017 at 6:11 am

    R.I.P Some drivers don’t have no common sense when come to driving. When ever you see a public transport stop at any bus stop the first thing you should tell your self supposed some one cross the road in front of me. You should slow up in case someone cross in front of you. So it will give you time to stop. Also pedestrian should always stop and look before they cross the road at all times

    • Wayne P Hoyte
      Wayne P Hoyte February 17, 2017 at 7:31 am

      Totally agree… I also see the crossing guards by school crossing children when large vehicles blocking their line of sight.

    • Lester February 17, 2017 at 7:46 am

      i totally agree, a lot barbadian drivers have a dumb idea that pedestrians are nothing or that they themselves were never a pedestrian, i am a driver and i am appalled at the stupidness i see drivers doing, total madness.

  10. Marcina Alleyne
    Marcina Alleyne February 17, 2017 at 6:45 am

    R.I .P so sad

  11. Diane Elaine Dias
    Diane Elaine Dias February 17, 2017 at 6:45 am

    Yeaaaars ago when my father gave me a driving lesson , he said to me ” drive as if everyone on the road is an idiot. Always expect the unexpected” . That has saved me from many foolish accidents. Last week , I’m on my way home after work. Directly opposite what used to be Club Extreme, a minibus on its way to town , stops to let people off. Luckily for me , I was expecting the unexpected. Several people began to cross behind the bus . The driver behind the bus , I think , could have indicated to me that people were crossing. Again , luckily for me and them , I had already slowed down in anticipation. Another driver may not have had that foresight.

    • Ziggy Blessed
      Ziggy Blessed February 17, 2017 at 7:04 am

      my granny told me the same thing (from the passenger seat)

    • Diane Elaine Dias
      Diane Elaine Dias February 17, 2017 at 7:18 am

      Wise people. That advice has saved me sooooo many times.

    • Sharon Woolley
      Sharon Woolley February 17, 2017 at 9:00 am

      I was told exactly the same thing, think of every other driver as an idiot – lets face it there are enough idiots on the roads everywhere !!

  12. Lynda Bonnett
    Lynda Bonnett February 17, 2017 at 6:52 am

    This is sooooo sad,my heart still hurt for this child and her family…my grand daughter lives in lower grey,and is also 12…
    Just imagine what this news did to me

  13. Marsha Hinds
    Marsha Hinds February 17, 2017 at 8:12 am

    How yuh mean the only thing can reduce accidents in Bim is divine intervention???

    What is that??

    Holding the Ministry of Transport and Works accountable will reduce our accident rated…

    Remember the last gentle soul that was killed on his graduation day??

    We all got into a frenzy about an island that is way too far in the road….MTW up to now like they can’t decide if it was given permission or not.

    The MTW official who gave permission for those two bus stops outside Lower Grey’s to be erected wants wetting and whipping ( apologies my slave past slip out)….

    That is…if they were given permission….

    The Bus stop to town especially is just off a blind corner that people come around doing numbers….

    Whether this little beauty was in front the bus….behind or on top…crossing that road between those bus stops is a disaster waiting to happen….

    They did not even reduce the speed infront the development to make it a pedestrian zone…just drop the bus signs…

    And instead of hearing this analysis from the Road Safety Lady…she turns her eyes sky ward to the blonde hair blue eye saviour….

    Really guys???? Really??

    No one is coming to save us….we have to analyse our issues and employ logic in creating solutions.

  14. Sunshine Sunny Shine February 17, 2017 at 8:27 am

    The policing of the roads in Bimshire is just atrocious. The signage is poor. Hardly any signs telling how much kilometers you should do in certain areas. The only place that you see designated speed limits is on the ABC highway, and I think you hardly seeing them there now. The government do not want to place cameras or speed cameras to capture the worst of the drivers. Would love to know the reason why. Barbados is certainly on a piece of wood drifting towards Banana land.

  15. Peter February 17, 2017 at 9:21 am

    Why not specify that ALL PSV vehicles place a notice at the entrance and exits of their vehicles which reads….. “ATTENTION ALL PASSENGERS. Please do not attempt to cross the road behind nor in front of this vehicle. WAIT until this vehicle has moved to a safe distance and id the road is clear, then you may attempt to cross.” This notice should be repeated several times on the air waves.

  16. V Elaine Van Huis February 17, 2017 at 9:23 am

    There is a story in the Bible about the Israelites praying for help in a situation and “God” told them to get up off their knees and take action. We are creators of our own reality, at an individual level and at the collective. The soup is made from the foundation of the earth, we keep crying hungry and all we need to do is dip in and drink. Too much religion, there is a great need for spiritual understanding in Barbados.

  17. Bonita Weekes
    Bonita Weekes February 17, 2017 at 9:31 am

    Yesterday at 4.35 pm while on a bus going up Baxters Rd, the bus was about 4th in line waiting for the green light, as the light changed and traffic started to move a female in a light green pants suit and holding the hand of a boy who I assumed was coming from Wesley Hall School decided to cross the road. How stupid, would you rather get killed than wait? what are you teaching the child? The thing is she crossed and went to a car, looked as though she was the driver.

  18. Sunshine Sunny Shine February 17, 2017 at 9:36 am

    Time for all buses to have a special set stop signal lights at the back of the buses that would signal to vehicles when to stop and when to proceed. Little girl should have never lost her life if we start taking road safety more serious. Darnnnnnnn so sad. ahhhhhhhhhhhhhhhhhhhhhhhhhhhhhhhhhhhhhhhhhhhhhhhhhhhhhhhhhhhhhhhhhhhhhhhhhhhhhhhhhhhhhhhhhhhhhhhhhh

  19. Sandre February 17, 2017 at 11:27 am

    Rip anyone ever think about school guard at every intersection
    To help protect these children..these guard should wear special uniform and able to hail drivers before crossing

  20. Joy February 17, 2017 at 11:44 am

    Drivers need to take greater care on the road and have regard for other road users. The police cannot be present on every road, every day at all times. The concept of personal responsibility needs to be reinforced in Barbadian society.

  21. Carson C Cadogan February 17, 2017 at 3:41 pm

    This woman is really a joke.

    Only last Dec. 31, 2016 she was saying:”Barbados records lowest road casualties in three decades” according to BARBADOSTODAY.

    There are road fatalities all over the World Sharmane. Road fatalities in Barbados is nothing unique.

    It is a sad situation but it will continue for as long as there are motor vehicles on our roads. Some years there will be few fatalities , other years there will be many fatalities, just the nature of the beast.

    I recall you saying only recently that women are the safest drivers on the roads.

    What say you now Sharmane?

  22. jrsmith February 17, 2017 at 4:18 pm

    @, Marsha , H, hail, hail , on the button , our politicians are to be blame for the state of our roads and everything else , our roads have no road safety management ….
    That missing centre white lines and cats eyes would prevent lots of accidents and save lives……
    Why our government is not trying anything to control this madness …..
    Its time the minister for transport, and all who is involve with transport in the government be call out and ask the question what the hell are they going to do to stop this madness……

    Most of all the deaths and accidents on Barbados roads is black people , thats why the government dont care.

    Lots of people always comment there are accidents all over the world , but that doesn’t mean we are suppose not to worry about the accidents fatality in barbados , but people only bother if it was they family……….

    • Carson C Cadogan February 17, 2017 at 4:55 pm

      “Most of all the deaths and accidents on Barbados roads is black people….”

      So what do you expect?

      Black people make up 98% of the population.

  23. Bajan February 17, 2017 at 5:29 pm

    To the family, friends and loved ones of Destiny Martina Thompson I extend my heart felt condolences. May God Almighty comfort you in this time of grief. Be assured that Destiny will rise again in glory for this earthly existence is only part of the cycle in the endless journey of life in this universe.

  24. Lord heal this land! February 17, 2017 at 7:22 pm

    I wonder if any of today’s accidents are not compounded by the poor state of our roads. How well do brakes hold on poor roads? Some weeks ago, I was driving along Collymore Rock, dropped into one of the craters there while shunning another one, applied brakes and they didn’t hold as well as they normally do. The car had been serviced not too long before, the brakes had been checked and in good working order. Good thing I had not been speeding.
    A number of factors culminate to cause accidents and fatalities. A combination of human error mostly due to poor judgement, poor driving and pedestrian etiquette, speed, vehicles that are not road worthy due to age or a lack of maintenance, stray animals crossing, improperly secured / unsecured debris falling from trucks, faulty tyres, poor lighting, poor road conditions…. We all have a part to play to avert these occurrences and there is nothing wrong with prayers/intercession to God on top of that; all the logic in the world ain’t help us solve the problem to this day.

    Asking God to mend all hearts broken by this and all the other tragedies for the year.

  25. Latifah February 18, 2017 at 8:02 am

    For what its worth – accidents are just that – accidents. Someone always gets hurt or die. Stop and think all of you who are blaming everyone have you ever had an accident say burning your hand while cooking? Were you being careless and indifferent? Probably not but my point no matter how careful, an accident can happen. Think of the young driver who was probably doing everything correctly but still this happened. How heartbroken she must be. Think of the families who lost their loved one. Instead of politicising this tragedy ALL the community need to look for positive solutions. On my last visit to barbados i noticed bus drivers dont pull off tbe road they stop right in the road. Could we help by creating proper bus shelters that are set back so that traffic can still see the road clearly when the bus stops? Where i live the rotary clubs provide these safe stops.
    Solutions not blaming debates plz

  26. nik February 18, 2017 at 9:13 am

    rip little one.some drivers need to stop driving n texting n tlking on their phones too.sometimes your on the crossing n other vehicles wa stop n they so in to d phone that they don’t see u.then some see u crossing n wud still pull from behind a vehicle n don’t k if walking or not.

  27. Patrick Batson February 19, 2017 at 11:01 pm

    Rest in Peace young lady and Bajans..please be vigilant on the roads. Lives are precious and your driving should reflect this as well.


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