Tougher road laws coming – Lashley

Legislation to combat drink driving and the use of cellular phones while behind the wheel is still on the cards, Minister of Transport and Works Michael Lashley has reiterated.

However, during a spirited town hall meeting in his St James North constituency, Opposition Member of Parliament Edmund Hinkson wanted to know how soon.

Last night’s meeting came against the backdrop of two fatal accidents within the space of four months along the Ronald Mapp Highway which claimed the lives of 61-year-old Mary Downes on July 12 and 48-year-old Anderson Joseph back in March.

Back in October 2015, 36-year-old Dave Hurley was also struck down in the same area.

In response to concerns raised by residents about speeding and bad driving along the highway, Lashley assured that changes were coming to the Road Traffic Act.

“I’ve just signed off on the final amendments and it’s gone to the AG’s [Attorney General] Chambers for the AG certificate. Once that is done then it goes on to Cabinet, and on to the parliamentary agenda.

“We’ve passed all the major hurdles. We’ve placed some provisions in there that never existed in the Road Traffic Act before,” Lashley said, adding that “we’ve looked at the Road Traffic Act and  . . . we are ensuring that there is provision in the law that makes it a serious offence to drive while using a cell phone or any other device.

“We’ve also placed in that Road Traffic Act . . .  a provision for the use of breathalyzers by the Royal Barbados Police Force,” the minister said, adding that “we are dealing frontally with drunk driving and driving under any other influences”.

However, Hinkson wanted to know when the actual amendments would be presented to Parliament.

“We’ve been hearing about this [amendment to] this Road Traffic Act for about two years now,” the Opposition legislator said.

“On behalf of my constituents, let’s stop talking about the Road Traffic Bill which is not even on the Order Paper to be discussed in Parliament as yet. Let’s look to implement it,” he added.

Back in May Lashley had promised that the Road Traffic Amendment Bill would be presented to Parliament immediately after Minister of Finance Chris Sinckler presented the 2017-18 Budget. However, the move remains outstanding even though the Budget was tabled at the end of May and approved.

47 Responses to Tougher road laws coming – Lashley

  1. Kaiser Sose
    Kaiser Sose August 11, 2017 at 12:47 am

    Where is the tough laws for guns, shooting and murder by the gun.

    • Gillian Skeete
      Gillian Skeete August 11, 2017 at 9:09 am

      Ask the pm and ag!!!

    • Kaiser Sose
      Kaiser Sose August 11, 2017 at 9:13 am

      No its you all the citizens who should be in the streets demanding change, a passive people are led to the slaughter quit being sheep and be shepherds. Why arent you all at the PM office and the AG office in Mass demanding a state of emergency to combat gunmen, by any means neccessary, a bullet could be for you next, stray bullets have no love for any one

    • Kaiser Sose
      Kaiser Sose August 11, 2017 at 10:08 am

      Eureta Minaj:Get mad spill out in the streets like you do for crop over, which by the way has no affext on your quailty of life but gun violence do.
      Where is the stop the violence candle light vigils, where is the stop the violence parades for a month.
      If you need help organizing this lets do it our famalies kids and whole way of life is at stake. As we say in NEW ORLEANS leh go.

  2. Ricardo Worrell
    Ricardo Worrell August 11, 2017 at 12:57 am


  3. Angus Benn
    Angus Benn August 11, 2017 at 2:14 am

    You talking about of s**t we need stiffer gun LAWS. That is what you should be talking about. Any way you will get vote out just now.

  4. Angus Benn
    Angus Benn August 11, 2017 at 3:48 am

    You talking a bunch of S**t . We need stiffer gun LAWS . That is what you should be talking about. Any way you will get vote out just now.

  5. Nancy Wilson
    Nancy Wilson August 11, 2017 at 3:52 am

    Everyrhing coming now

    • Gillian Skeete
      Gillian Skeete August 11, 2017 at 9:13 am

      Too little too late and if this a vote buying Tactic hope it backfires!

  6. Amarilis Lily
    Amarilis Lily August 11, 2017 at 4:23 am

    We make new laws that stay on the books and are never enacted because there is no man power to go out there and use the effectively .

  7. Veroniva Boyce
    Veroniva Boyce August 11, 2017 at 5:00 am

    We still waiting for measures to be put in place fuh gun crime. Traffic Cops duty to issue on the spot fines (a weeks wages) for drivers using mobile phones two strikes yuh Banned for LIFE. Drink Drivers #Porridge. Drivers consumed with alcohol and use of mobiles whilst driving are a serious danger to the public, their passengers, themselves and put unnecessary strain on the Health Service.

  8. Keith Forde
    Keith Forde August 11, 2017 at 5:12 am


  9. Epaphras D. Williams
    Epaphras D. Williams August 11, 2017 at 5:13 am

    Mixing the mark by a country mile, as usual. Basic regard and respect for each other is in the departure lounge. Country going off the cliff sir, and knee-jerk legislation wont change her fate.

  10. jrsmith August 11, 2017 at 5:15 am

    The non sense and ignorance of these people , bajan politicians are the only ones who controls the animal by grabbing its tail……….. What ******g road laws you dont need no silly laws which adds up to nothing most of the time………………..Barbados needs proper road management …..
    Would some one clever explain to these people what road management means, which is needed all over barbados… cheap ass technology , which is used all over the world……….
    Center line markings (white ) with cats eyes,…
    Pedestrian button control crossings …..and traffics.lights
    Speed limits with cameras , you wouldn’t need ten police with bits of paper in hands ….. shuffle around………………………..
    All villages have a speed limit ,
    Road humps ….
    Narrow roads vehicle control …….
    Mini on road camera vehicles , which would even pick up people dumping rubbish ………… this new technology would replace 100 policemen………….. at lease would save some lives……………
    But people this is all general election talking, old saying nothing politicians say in general election never come to pass………………

  11. Keith Forde
    Keith Forde August 11, 2017 at 5:16 am


  12. Angela Griffith
    Angela Griffith August 11, 2017 at 5:32 am

    To much long talk

  13. Empress-jay Brathwaite
    Empress-jay Brathwaite August 11, 2017 at 5:39 am

    What about Gun violence.

  14. samantha walker August 11, 2017 at 6:09 am

    We can only Yawn and raise your eyes to the heavens….. why was it a matter of urgency to pass a “No Smoking Law” that was implemented so quickly…..we are well behind the times !!

    Still no vision about the Freedom of Information Law which is being used as tools to prevent or expose abuses, improve delivery of services and even protect public health and welfare. At least 95 countries have approved FOI legislation as of 2013.

    Plod, plod, plod

  15. Sophia Lewis
    Sophia Lewis August 11, 2017 at 6:22 am

    Lol. Always going to going to ….now word shift. You make a farce of my wasted education sir. Not a thing is getting done. Anyone reading this. I am a trained translator of nonsense especially in the language of these here people. I also can translate the silent one. Fees are $50 a nonsense stated. No VAT included.

  16. Mar Git
    Mar Git August 11, 2017 at 6:31 am

    FIX the road first !!!!!!! Portholes still on highways!!!!

  17. Santini More
    Santini More August 11, 2017 at 6:43 am

    Can we also have tougher roads that do not turn into pot-holed hellscapes after a few drops of rain?

  18. Maaz A Love
    Maaz A Love August 11, 2017 at 7:04 am

    These laws should’ve been in place many yrs … texting/drinkin alcohol while drivin is very dangerous especially on bad roads thats not properly maintain even makes it worst.

  19. Wayne P Hoyte
    Wayne P Hoyte August 11, 2017 at 7:12 am

    Like me playing Stevie Wonder every morning

  20. Rawle Spooner
    Rawle Spooner August 11, 2017 at 7:16 am

    Everything good is talk about in Barbados by politicians but never becomes reality and with elections just down the road expect more nice talk but squat gine get done.Seriously it’s 2017 not 1917 so laws to prevent drunk driving and distracted driving just to name a few should have been enacted years ago enough of the backwards b/s politicians.But then again knowing how things operate in Barbados these joke politicians might make laws but are they really going to be seriously enforce.

  21. Randy Hartman
    Randy Hartman August 11, 2017 at 7:34 am

    Kellman would say Bigger potholes..

  22. Roger Manning
    Roger Manning August 11, 2017 at 7:40 am

    This statement should have been, road resurfacing coming soon. Priorities always twisted in this administration.

  23. Pat Codrington
    Pat Codrington August 11, 2017 at 7:41 am

    I hope this law is enacted soon.

  24. Alex Alleyne August 11, 2017 at 7:41 am

    Do you all pull straws on which one of you should come forward to talk trash . WHAT ABOUT COMING WITH A PLAN TO SOLVE THE GUN/DRUG CRIME IN BIM.

    • Jennifer August 11, 2017 at 8:07 am

      Alex did you even read the article??????????????

      • Jennifer August 11, 2017 at 8:11 am

        Alex – as a Londoner Jrsmith has a great plan. And you should throw in box junctions up in there too JR. Seems these politicians can only copy the rubbish of their oppressors and leave out the essentials. All we are dealing with here is COGS AND SPANNERS.

  25. Winnie Meade
    Winnie Meade August 11, 2017 at 7:55 am

    Look you all are doing this now it election time but if you make it law i hope you say every body rich big up poor

    • Jennifer August 11, 2017 at 9:04 am


  26. Gillian Skeete
    Gillian Skeete August 11, 2017 at 9:03 am

    Tougher road laws coming??? Where have they been?? Why have they not been in place from years ago??!!! Steupes too little too late this won’t keep your seat!!!!!!!

  27. Gillian Skeete
    Gillian Skeete August 11, 2017 at 9:07 am

    Most roads are just as bad maybe your MP will get it fixed at election time I hope that does not get them votes!!!!

  28. Gillian Skeete
    Gillian Skeete August 11, 2017 at 9:12 am

    Not in our lifetime or anytime soon! There will have to be lots of luncheon meetings debates more talk then swept under carpet for decades more!!!

  29. Marva Lashley-Todd
    Marva Lashley-Todd August 11, 2017 at 9:12 am

    fix them first and then talk

  30. Milli Watt August 11, 2017 at 9:19 am

    nine months before an election you hear this and yet this morning I can hear the private sector complaining about the lack of legislative drafters to…………….wait for it DRAFT LAWS a very long stupse at this sport mekker.

    • Leroy August 11, 2017 at 9:59 am

      law drafting is a special skill. Can you imagine anyone dreaming to be a law legislative drafter?

  31. Kingdom Hearts
    Kingdom Hearts August 11, 2017 at 9:28 am

    Ok so legislation coming for these two are fine and welcomed but what about the guns and murders ? The only thing you’ll planning to do it talk talk talk ? Just about anyone who matters which turns out to be everyone we don’t want to hear , had an article in the news about Monday’s violence but all we hearing is talk talk talk and 90 % of each article has the same words.

  32. Everick Holder
    Everick Holder August 11, 2017 at 10:39 am

    So is Santa Claus!

  33. Alex Alleyne August 11, 2017 at 12:32 pm

    For how long now we have been hearing of the “drunk driving Law”, as far back from the time “Alan was a Lad”. Next we will hear a message from the Garbage minister saying that soon a law will pass saying “no more burning stuff in your back”. This will be after a couple of folks fall over dead .
    Who next, Kelly ?????……on housing.

  34. bk August 11, 2017 at 6:08 pm

    We bajans does get exactly what we ask for. Damned if you do and damned if you don’t. I hate to hear some of ya’ll yardfowls, cause for years bajans been voting nuff lawyers into parliament, on both sides, and we the public can’t get simple laws passed, and archaic ones removed. Every five years we doing the same foolishness, stuck in a perpetual cycle. Then when people with solid ideas and proposals try to make a difference we shoot them down and talk crap bout oh them goin lose dem deposit. Stupse, they are more letters in the alphabet than B and D.


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