Dead wrong, Prescod!

Lashley not taking blame for recent deaths

If Shadow Minister for Transport and Works Trevor Prescod thought he was going to be allowed to get away with saying that Government was partly responsible for the recent upsurge in road deaths, then he was dead wrong.

Without calling the Opposition parliamentarian by name, Minister of Transport and Works Michael Lashley today rubbished Prescod’s suggestion that the 12 fatalities, which have occurred so far this year – two more than the total number for 2016 – had occurred as a result of “treacherous” conditions on the island’s roads.

Michael Lashley & Trevor Prescod

And while attempting to pin blame on the Freundel Stuart administration, Prescod had highlighted “the poor lighting on our highways, our potholed roads and highways, non-functioning traffic lights, the broken edges of roadways, overhanging bush, and unpainted and lit road crossings among others.

“Will it take someone from a brand name family to die for this Government to be moved to action on this important issue? Does an average Barbadian life no longer matter?

“We know we will be accused of being political, but we are not. The fact is, the breakdown of our road infrastructure has a human dimension. Just ask loved ones of those horribly snatched away from them,” the Opposition spokesman had said in a statement issued immediately following the death of 48-year-old Anderson Joseph, who was struck and killed at Westmoreland, St James on March 5.   

However, speaking in Parliament today during the Estimates debate, Lashley said he had deliberately chosen to ignore Prescod until now.

“I recall reading in the Press that this Government is to blame for the fatal accidents, but I didn’t respond [because]
. . . I don’t know how you could have a connection between road fatalities and the Government . . . without even looking at any information that police have or anything,” Lashley said, while arguing that “Barbados still has the lowest rate in terms of fatal accidents and other accidents in the Caribbean”.

As for concerns about the deteriorating state of the island’s roads, Lashley said he had heard the cries and complaints of residents and his ministry was currently involved in a mill and pave programme to “aggressively” address the potholes situation.

“Our response is that the Cabinet, very urgently, [decided] to bring a programme to mill and pave, rehabilitate a number of roads throughout this country, and we have started,” he said, while giving the assurance that other road works were on the cards, including Caribbean Development Bank and CAF funded projects. 

12 Responses to Dead wrong, Prescod!

  1. Curious March 16, 2017 at 3:38 am

    Ten road fatalities for the whole of 2016..

    One question to you Mr Prescod…. Weren’t the roads and conditions somewhat similar then?

  2. Greengiant March 16, 2017 at 7:25 am

    Wonderful question for these politicians who thinks the masses are stupid.

  3. Frank White March 16, 2017 at 8:10 am

    I have no love for Trevor Prescod nor Minister Lashley… It’s true that the roads are terrible and road markings are needed but to say that those cause deaths without having the route cause is pushing it to far. Ministers for years have been reacting to accidents and incidents without first examining the causes and are quick to draft and pass legislation that only effects the black community, all the while being black themselves. These ministers talk a roll but all I am interested in is, how many of them are actually doing something positive for the black community…

    • Jennifer March 16, 2017 at 9:30 pm

      @Frank – All of them is the same thing, it does not matter, which party. They were not placed there to do anything for black people, this is why they don’t. The legislation cannot be passed for any other race as THEIR heads will roll. As I say, this people is full of wine and staggering with SELF HATE AS A RESULT OF BRAINWASHING, bearing up the spirit of fear. And the one with the full belly talking rubbish.

      • Jennifer March 16, 2017 at 9:34 pm

        When you are in a place with 95 percent black ALL of the legislation will fall into the lap of the blacks. They bearing highest populace and lowest financial strength. How can one chase a thousand.

  4. Francis March 16, 2017 at 8:12 am

    Mr Prescott a question for you.
    What was the difference between the roads in 2016 and today?
    Zilch!! Nadal!!
    Your remarks are stupid. But it’s all politics and grandstanding.

  5. Ernesta Catlyn March 16, 2017 at 8:56 am

    I take note of what both gentlemen said but I cannot rubbish anything since I have not seen the police reports and even though Mr Lashley reference this he did not indicate that he had seen them either; neither did he disclose the findings if in fact he had seen them.

  6. Sue Donym March 16, 2017 at 9:22 am

    No doubt the references to poorly lit and poorly maintained roads, though true, will be perceived as having political overtones. Why though, should it take Facebook and local press campaigns to push government into action on road repairs/maintenance?

    There is an alarming rise in the incidence of people ‘running’ red lights – either that or a lot of traffic lights are not functioning correctly, allowing drivers to be given a green while another side is still going on their green!

    How does this mention of fatalities in other countries creep into the discussion without context? Are we speaking of percentages of actual accidents; are we aware of the number of vehicles; comparing similar road conditions, reports on vehicle conditions, size and speed limits on roads – or any meaningful comparison?

    Can anyone recall any “town hall” meetings on the proposed amendments or are we sticking with the time-honoured process of waiting until it’s enacted to discover the problems, ambiguities and inability to enforce because of conflict or technicality? Oh well, so long as we have more officers to stand in their spiffy uniforms and demonstrate how they can tailback traffic by stopping PSVs in the middle of the road, who cares how many others are uninsured, unlicensed rolling on bald tyres with roaring mufflers spewing eye burning, asthma-inducing black smoke?

  7. F.A.Rudder March 16, 2017 at 10:44 am

    Insurance companies are at a loss to road fatalities. I would like to see Motor Vehicle insurance companies place some input into the road construction and repair business across the island. Stocks and shares in the aggregate and asphalt and cement businesses can be beneficial to the nation’s general public and the lowering of costly payouts caused by incidences and road fatalities.

  8. Gearbox1964 March 16, 2017 at 11:33 am

    I guess dah flood we had round Independence time made conditions a whole lot worst peoples. Wunna fuhget bout dah?? lol

  9. wizard March 16, 2017 at 1:32 pm

    I have been around for a while and can’t remember anytime in the past, say 20 years, when “the poor lighting on our highways, our potholed roads and highways, non-functioning traffic lights, the broken edges of roadways, overhanging bush, and unpainted and lit road crossings…..”, have not been part of our deteriorating infrastructure. Many of these career politicians contribute little to the debate. A good start would be to reduce the number of seats in the House and hopefully attract the sort who can focus on solutions rather than articulate the problems.

  10. hcalndre March 16, 2017 at 3:02 pm

    Why do these politicians and some others depending on which shirt you wear like comparing barbados with other places when it suits them? barbados` population is smaller than most of the countries they would mention, only when it comes to reality is then they know that barbados should stay quiet. Someone said that after the Chinese gave barbados a few million dollars , the PM allowed the people to know that Barbados` GDP is larger than the Chinese but goes to the Chinese with cap in hand. MOF when asked why he don`t invest the NIS funds in the US, he said that they will buy weapons to kill people and that was just after he said the US gave them $50m to do construct some kind of lab. He should have said that to Trump.


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