Wrong turn

Brathwaite says tougher laws won’t prevent road deaths

Attorney General Adriel Brathwaite has dismissed calls for tougher legislation to curb the number of fatal road accidents here, arguing that new laws would not stop road deaths.

With Barbados recording an average of one death on the roads every six days, road safety advocates, including the Barbados Road Safety Association (BRSA), have been calling for stricter laws to improve safety.

Among the demands by the BRSA are laws to introduce breathalyzer testing and tougher penalties for motorists responsible for road fatalities.

“We have to make penalties a deterrent, set them high so they will deter persons in some cases . . . [or], start sending persons to prison because a fine, and especially a small fine, cannot replace the value on life,” BRSA President Sharmane Roland-Bowen said last November, in one of the many speeches she has made on the subject of road safety.

And just last week she dismissed as “false promises”, an announcement by Minister of Transport Michael Lashley that improved road traffic legislation would go before Parliament by June of this year.

Lashley had said during debate on the 2017/2018 Estimates of Revenue and Expenditure that there would be a “comprehensive overhaul” of legislation governing the transportation sector “hopefully in June”, that would result in better monitoring and inspection of road users and improved tax collection.

However, speaking Monday in the wake of the 14th road fatality for the year, Brathwaite told the media following the opening ceremony of the Black Rock police station annex that the issue went beyond stricter laws, and was one of recklessness.

“This is unprecedented in the history of Barbados. I don’t believe that we have ever had so many road fatalities in such a short period of time. We must all be concerned because it not just a legislative issue because from what I am being told it is mostly recklessness,” the Attorney General said.

Adriel Brathwaite

The number of road deaths so far this year have surpassed the ten recorded for all of last year, and have matched the total for 2014.

The latest victim is 49-year-old Station Sergeant Clifford Sherlock Bridgeman of #4B, Church Village, St Philip, who passed away at the scene following a five-vehicle smash up on Carrington Road, at its junction with Edgecumbe Hill, St Philip around 6 p.m. Sunday.

Reports are that the police vehicle, in which Bridgeman was a passenger, was stationary when it was struck by a vehicle driven by 23-year-old Tre Murray of Spring Hall, St Lucy, who was attempting to overtake a number of vehicles along the road.

However, rather than adopting a hard-line approach, Brathwaite is suggesting that more could be done to educate young drivers about the dangers of reckless driving, while placing some of the responsibility on the shoulders of local motorsport associations.

He said there was a worrying trend of young drivers speeding after attending motorsport events at Bushy Park, St Philip.

“It is well known that when we have car racing that the guys leave Bushy Park like if they believe that they are still at Bushy Park. These are not necessarily the guys that are actually on the track. So I believe that it is an area that all of the motoring associations would have to do their best to ensure that they not only encourage their members but the spectators to leave the fast driving for Bushy Park,” Government’s top legal adviser said.

Andrew Mallalieu

In a swift response, President of the Barbados Motoring Federation Andrew Mallalieu said any attempt to link motorsport events to reckless driving was without merit.

“We in the federation are concerned about what appears to be the increasing number of road fatalities . . . . However, anyone who takes part in events by the federation has to have a special licence, and any infraction on the road can bring that licence into question.

“We would like to urge drivers on the public road to save their high speed driving for the track. Our experience has been that having more motorsport creates more responsible drivers because it actually helps to give those drivers an outlet. I don’t think there are more people riding horses because there is horse racing at the Garrison,” Mallalieu said.


31 Responses to Wrong turn

  1. Alex Alleyne March 28, 2017 at 2:29 am

    “Foot in mouth ” at it again.

  2. marva March 28, 2017 at 4:08 am

    With all due respect Mr. Andrew Mallalieu, the link is obvious and plain. Link is define as a “relationship between two things or situations.”
    Just as people hear a song and it is pumping in their head well after the event is over so too is the rush that hyped people after watching motor sports feel.
    Have you carry out a survey so that you can definately say that though there is a lot of speed by drivers leaving a race meet that the meet has nothing to do with it?
    Be defensive by saying none of your drivers were ever involved if that is so, because I don’t know. But consider this..
    Your drivers get the adrenaline worked out on the track but the ‘wanted to be’ race car drivers after seeing the speed and getting caught up in the emotion of the event use the road as their outlet of that rush that they had during the meet..
    I have heard non-race car drivers at the gas station arguing about how they took a corner like x driver whom they had just seen at the track. You never heard them or you all too far remove from the other segments of the community?
    No one said your federation caused it but take your head out of the sand. At least he aware enough remind people at the end about road safety it may be regarded by some as cosmetic but if your remind people of what can happen someone may heed. He might influence those with him not to speed. It is one of those immeasurable, you don’t know who you save because the saves are not registered.

  3. marva March 28, 2017 at 4:24 am

    But Mr. Andrew Mallalieu dat analogy ’bout racing doh? How many people in Barbados can keep horses in the right condition to race them on the street or any where.
    You see how many bad looking horses people dat was trying to keep had?
    People here associate horse racing with certain segments of the community and not the average. It in everything that does capture the involvement of everyone.
    How many white people you see in local cricket now dat black people is de majority… they gone to polo. Cricket is not in their playing culture anymore but they watch. Likewise horse racing and the average bajan participation culture but they watch. Study it.

  4. jrsmith March 28, 2017 at 5:05 am

    This is an attorney who does nothing other than find excuses for not doing anything , i dont really think he even knows what he is there for, as like all of the government…..
    Look a around the region many islands is trying varying technologies to try and reduce crime and vehicular accidents, what is Barbados government doing , increasing taxes barbados is the only country in the world having a dependent tax economy……..

    Look who is being killed in barbados, look who is having the accidents black bajans If the 1% of our population was suffering the same , our politicians would have that stop in months……
    How could this clown make a statement , that new laws wouldn’t prevent road deaths, let him show what laws is being enforced by this government since 5 years ago until now to combat this problem…..
    I am not surprise he didn’t link our road problems to climate change , thats the easy excuse from black governments……..now we see this man’s attitude towards doing anything for the people of barbados.
    He should have years ago at most of them politicians……….there are running barbados like a local rum shop…………

  5. Angus Benn
    Angus Benn March 28, 2017 at 5:15 am

    Last year people was dropping down dead. Now this year people getting killed on the road. Now a days it better to own a funeral home. That is where the money is. People dying every day.

  6. Tony Webster March 28, 2017 at 6:31 am

    Bad newz road-side sign sez:
    DANGER: “Mouth-in-control-of-brain-syndrome” disease’n’accident directly ahead”.

    Good newz: nex’ sign sez :
    “It’s a NON-COMMUNICABLE. Keep a safe distance from anyone wid this outbreak, and you’re OK.”

  7. Sean Gibbs March 28, 2017 at 6:36 am

    The government laying blame on someone else as usual rather than trying to find a solution. If they ( the government) have noticed that people are driving reckless after Motorsport events then they need to actively put police out on the streets in their numbers when ever there is an event. That in itself would deter reckless driving and also bring in income the government needs if the reckless drivers are fined heavily and the car impounded until an impound fee is paid. With 2 fees to pay and losing their car temporarily you can be sure the reckless driving will decrease or stop. The RSA need more power.

  8. fedup March 28, 2017 at 7:04 am

    Look..um is only ignorant and lawless people who int got nutten between duh ears dat duz leff racing meets n do stupidness pun dee road.

  9. Richard Johnston March 28, 2017 at 8:34 am

    Hearsay evidence regarding speeding after motorsports events does not pass muster unless supported by facts. For starters, try repairing road surfaces, enforcing DWI laws, trimming back vegetation overhanging road surfaces and forbidding motorcycles weaving in and out of traffic.

  10. Jennifer March 28, 2017 at 9:57 am

    Since we are a colonized population the AG should do like the British and invest in the introduction of a points system to add to his ideas. If he cannot come up with any ideas bench mark their systems. Instead of doing little to nothing. HE CANNOT IMPLEMENT ANY PRISON PENALTY AS THEN HE WOULD HAVE TO LOOK FOR ANOTHER JAIL.
    @Marva – I can see a lot of what you are saying, however, we cannot blame this man Mallalieu as there is no evidence e.g a survey from these people who attend the car racing etc. At the end of the day we all had an education, no matter how tainted and white washed it was, we also had weeks of driving classes and hopefully a driving test. so we should know about safety and the care of self and others while driving. Blaming Mallalieu and his association is like blaming a smoker for buying cigarettes (his choice). Mind you this Mallalieu is clearly only looking for the drivers using his tracks, because the spectators will not be. And the horse statement thing is utter rubbish and ingrunt. Because our people are only able to spend money and jump up at a horse that is not theirs to get a few dollars, not to buy any horses which is actually a symbol of strength. Same with the car racing. Can’t see the wood among the trees.
    Mind you while coming from my early morning jog I saw men clearing the sides of the road from overgrown bush.

    • Jennifer March 28, 2017 at 10:58 am

      What Mallalieu is saying in a nutshell is that if anyone goes racing on the road after attending a car racing event, you are just simple and silly. And I agree with him 100%. We as a disenfranchised and black in back people need to come up with ways to support each other in business and keep our monies in our communities. And the rest will speak for itself.

  11. jrsmith March 28, 2017 at 10:00 am

    Lots of cheap technology out there , which saves lots of manpower and money, proper road management and enforcement , but by whom , wonder which is most dangerous our politicians or the drugs and guns they allowing to invade our streets…………………………………..

    • Jennifer March 28, 2017 at 10:22 am

      jrsmith – well said.

  12. Donild Trimp March 28, 2017 at 10:08 am

    “Attorney General Adriel Brathwaite has dismissed calls for tougher legislation to curb the number of fatal road accidents here, arguing that new laws would not stop road deaths”

    Come on Adriel, is that a slip of tongue?

    Now I am baffled because all the research shows than “NEW LAWS with strict enforcement does curb road accidents and as a result does stop road deaths.

    Sir, why turn yourself into “an educated fool”?

    • Jennifer March 28, 2017 at 10:40 am

      @Donild – No, its not a slip of the tongue, that stuff flows natural. Maybe it is the lack of the CORRECT education which has him and these politicians in such a mental state.

      • Donild Trimp March 28, 2017 at 10:50 am

        @Jennifer – I do not understand why people in such high positions utter such nonsense when they know it is so easy to research and prove them wrong.

        Now I am beginning to think it is time to remove these people from running the affairs of Barbados.

        The closer to elections, the more nonsense the current Gov’t is spewing.

        • Jennifer March 28, 2017 at 11:17 am

          @Donild – Listen hun, You sounding like greengiant. AND PUT WHO??? SOME of the problems lie in the fact that these in charge people are lazy. They do not look to do any research, or look at any other research to come up with any viable changes. Once they get into the position , its sealed, its time to collect a pay cheque and proving to be not doing anything. This is why having so much masters and degrees and $hit earns very little productivity or ingenuity behind it. Because it is just a piece of paper and you soon forget all the learned garbage anyway. YOU HAVE TO KEEP LEARNING TO TOW THE LINE and that willing mindset. Mind you if I had to ask some of these successful business men in Barbados what qualifications they have I will not be surprised at their answers. Mind you some of the politicians dipping into each others basket to eat their food and leaving their own food to spoil.

  13. Peter March 28, 2017 at 11:10 am

    The link between the cars and the horse is that they both have horse power. Barbados have too many vehicles on its road miles per road and per person within its population. This does not include rented vehicles. whether it’s accidental, incidental, purposeful, or co-incidental. It will happen. The real experience falls into place after the driving lessons and tests. I would like to suggest a more regimented system be put in place. Such as, lessons MUST be conducted by highly trained instructors who jst don’t do it for the money. They must be registered and certified by the Licensing Authority, confirmed as paying their taxes .Learner must be trained for 3 full years with a yearly learner’s driving test conducted yearly, ntil the third and final year fll license qualifying test. Tests must be conducted in varied conditions. Wet roads, during rainfall, dry and night conditions since most incidents occur at night. Insurance companies should implement a safe driving points system whereby points are awarded to new, young drivers for every six months of incident free driving and after 3 years, take it o to 3 years. the points accumulated will be used against Vehicle insurance renewal, and driving license renewal costs. During training, only certain roads MUST be used. For 3 perhaps 6 months, certain highways MUST NOT be used by newly licensed drivers. 3 months for night driving on these highways. Strong penalties for carelessness or recklessness.

  14. jrsmith March 28, 2017 at 11:24 am

    @ ,Jennifer , hail, hail , as usual some very good shots , but stands out for me, the (10.40 ) shot……… let me add , the various government ministers in barbados seems not to rally know what is they jobs description……………………

    • Jennifer March 28, 2017 at 11:32 am

      jrsmith – Well said, your comment is tying in with what i said at the ending of my comment at 11:17. They do not know so that is why they are busy eating out of each others basket, thereby leaving their OWN food to spoil. Deal with what you have been dished.

  15. Ossie Moore March 28, 2017 at 11:51 am

    Andrew Mallalieu should be the Attorney General because the sorry excuse you guys have in Barbados for Attny. General is an idiot. He can’t ever seem to open his mouth without always shoving his feet right down his throat.

    This guy has never said anything that makes sense , where did Barbados find this moron ?

  16. F.A.Rudder March 28, 2017 at 11:59 am

    As a young man in my early twenties I applied for a Kentucky drivers licence. With so doing I was given a written test and a video taped movie recorded by the Kentucky highway Patrol, State Troopers and the Kentucky Transportation Department. I will tell you I had never before more traumatized by the sight of mangled, deformed, fragmented and blood spilled and drenched human fatalities. After that video you were then taken on your road test. Kentucky has even more treacherous road than our Scotland District but rural Kentucky drivers think of each other and of our family while driving on the highway. Kentuckians use the flashing light signals and courteous driving to lower road fatalities.

  17. Ossie Moore March 28, 2017 at 12:01 pm

    . . . .. one more thing . Adriel Brathwaite is very good at two things :

    (1) Putting his feet in his mouth.

    (2) Speaking out of his rear end.

  18. Harry March 28, 2017 at 12:50 pm

    What Barbados needs is the Govt to belatedly introduce a highway code and driver education to teach drivers how to use the highway. In Barbados no one signals going around a roundabout, dangerous lane changing and speeding on the highway are but a few of the careless dangerous practices i observe everyday on the highway.

    And then there is one of my pet peeves, drivers who modify their exhaust system so that becomes very loud as if it were a racing car they then take great delight in driving thru residential neighbour hoods and shattering the peace & quiet, as far as i am concerned anyone modifying the exhaust of their cars who are not involved in racing should pay twice the road tax. also i believe that the Insurance Company’s have a part to play in resolving this issue by refusing to insure drivers who are proven to take part in dangerous driving i.e. racing on the road etc.

  19. Sheron Inniss March 28, 2017 at 12:59 pm

    Is foot and mouth disease on the rise in Bim? It seems so.

  20. Helicopter(8P) March 28, 2017 at 1:14 pm

    This is a response portraying to the want to be Bajan (Barbadian) icon Ossie Moore It was rather not as in the way Ossie would have redress an item of importance it’s just not in his genre of style and character. An Ossie Moore fan!

  21. F.A.Rudder March 28, 2017 at 1:34 pm

    Every Friday and Saturday night during the late spring until the first weekend in October in Lower or Southern Kentucky the Southern Circuit Motor sport competition is taken place for hot rods, demolition and Midget competitions. We all leave the track and head down through Tiny Town Road in civil order with our family and friends and this is around eleven at night. Federation club members adhere to the Royal Barbados police and their insurance companies rules and regulations. So please! You bad apples respect our roads and our public safety and have a little respect for your brother man. It’s as though you walk into a well going party with all the guest see a punch bowl full of puddin n souse an decide to huff it up and walk through the peoples door with it all Eclipse and all!

  22. Saga boy March 28, 2017 at 3:00 pm

    A lot of you criticize DLP Ministers because you simply prefer the BLP to be running the country. That is your choice but you need to be objective in your criticism. My personal experience has thought me that there is a link between fast driving and persons attending motor sports events in the country. This is not the first time that there has been a death on the same day and immediately after a motor sport event. And it is not coincidental. I have observed reckless driving by people leaving busy park. I have also observed lots of reckless driving during stage events. Although there is not a lot of literature out there to support it there seems to be a direct link between fast driving and attending such events.
    In the current study, interest in motor sport (MS) is identified as a potential environmental predictor of participation in illegal street racing as well as other risky driving behaviour. There has been little research on the possible influence of motor sport on driver behaviour. My research suggests suggests that such a link may exist (Tranter, 2003). When public roads and streets became a street racing circuit in Melbourne, accident rates increased dramatically on these roads, possibly due to drivers emulating Formula One racing drivers. See
    In the current study, interest in motor sport (MS) is identified as a potential environmental predictor of participation in illegal street racing as well as other risky driving behaviour. There has been little research on the possible influence of motor sport on driver behaviour. However, available evidence suggests that such a link may exist (Tranter, 2003). In part the research says ” When public roads and streets became a street racing circuit in Melbourne, accident rates increased dramatically on these roads, possibly due to drivers emulating Formula One racing drivers. “There is a video on social media showing Tre going through racing stunts at busy park on the same evening of the accident.

  23. Bobo March 28, 2017 at 4:05 pm

    Harry right on the only sensible comments—Folks,Please forgive our political Ministers–As the saying goes ”A Bunch of Jackass asses ” who see themselves as the savior of Bimshire—-period

  24. jennifer March 28, 2017 at 4:23 pm

    @Saga boy – true but u have to make the connection and call the perpetrators and association out.

  25. gsmiley March 28, 2017 at 5:15 pm

    Brathwaite is be serious?

    Or he just having fun. He has said nothing that has made any sense in 9 years.

    Nothing at all.


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