BRSA fed up with Lashley’s ‘empty promises’

President of the Barbados Road Safety Association (BRSA) Sharmane Roland-Bowen said she has had it up to her neck with “false promises” by Minister of Transport and Works Michael Lashley to introduce the long awaited revised Road Traffic Act, and she has called on the minister to make the legislation a reality before year-end.

Speaking to Barbados TODAY in the wake of last weekend’s road fatality – the 17th for this year compared with ten for all of last year, Roland-Bowen said she was upset that Lashley had not delivered on the legislations which he first announced in 2013, yet continued to refer to it as a means of easing public anxiety over rising road deaths.

“Mr Lashley is a politician and as a politician he is doing his job very well, which is to make promises and fool the public. They say what the public wants to hear to keep them quiet about the things that are going on around them. That’s all it is, empty promises. And we are fed up of empty promises,” the road safety advocate said.

Earlier this year, Lashley assured the public that the new legislations would be the top priority for Government immediately after the May 30 Budget. It was a pledge, which he repeated last week at a town hall meeting in the St James North constituency against the backdrop of two fatal accidents within the space of four months along the Ronald Mapp Highway.

“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”.

Reminding the public of the more than 20 accidents in the aftermath of the recent Foreday Morning festivities, the BRSA president said she had heard that song far too often from the minister, and she called on Barbadians to hold him accountable.

“We saw numerous examples of the effects of drinking and driving after the Foreday Morning jam. I see these things as warnings for people in authority to push and speed up the wheels to get this legislation in place, enacted and enforced. It makes no sense and it is of no use to anyone when it is on a piece of paper sitting at whosoever office. It should be a priority for leaders in a country to protect people’s lives. I don’t want to hear again that we getting legislation in October because that is too close to the end of the year and all that means is that it is going to go over into the next year,” she stressed.

8 Responses to BRSA fed up with Lashley’s ‘empty promises’

  1. fedup August 16, 2017 at 6:27 am

    Must be awaiting the services of a topflight Secretary to type it. I’m one of them..retired and looking for work.

  2. Patrick August 16, 2017 at 6:56 am

    Who appointed this last?I want to know the composition of this organization she heads.
    More accidents are caused by using cell phones and putting on makeup than drunken driving, go and check the insurance companies.

  3. Angela August 16, 2017 at 7:51 am

    Citizens must accept their personal responsibility and heed the advice “do not drink and drive.”

  4. Carson C Cadogan August 16, 2017 at 8:21 am

    And Bajans fed up with you trying to play Min. of Transport.

  5. Helicopter(8P) August 16, 2017 at 10:30 am

    Where in the minds of young Barbadians and old as a matter of fact do they say these few little words before turning key ” With due, caution, attention and care”!!!

  6. Patty August 16, 2017 at 10:51 am

    We can pass all the legislation we want to, we can have all the laws. I put to us all that if people don’t want to change they won’t. Stop blaming politicians for everything and get some discipline in our souls. Too many of us excuse lawlessness. Get a grip, people can do better, but use excuses to do foolishness

    • John Everatt August 16, 2017 at 11:01 am

      Yes we can pass all the legislation we want to but if the existing laws are not enforced then how can we expect new laws will be enforced?

  7. samantha walker August 16, 2017 at 11:30 am

    I quite agree John Everatt, very few laws are enforced in Bim yet they expect the society to be “top-notch” !!


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