BRSA launches new initiative to highlight potholes

President of the Barbados Road Safety Association, Sharmaine Roland-Bowen has a message for the Ministry of Transport and Works – potholes do not save lives, they take lives.

Roland-Bowen was speaking Saturday at the launch of a pothole identification initiative in Goodland Road, St Michael.

She highlighted that two weeks ago in Guyana, a family of five perished in an accident which occurred while trying to avoid a pothole.

The BRSA president urged the Government to take into consideration the financial losses, vehicle damage, possible accidents and deaths that could result from the numerous potholes that are scattered across the island.

“We should not be in this position. Our road authorities owe us, a duty of care that they have to us as citizens and as taxpayers to provide safe roads for us, well-maintained roads for us, safe roads for us so that we can manoeuvre freely and we can be mobile to do what we have to do,” Roland-Bowen said.

“We do not want a quick fix with persons rushing to fill a pothole which in a couple of weeks or maybe months will deteriorate and go back to the way it was before,” she added.

Roland-Bowen said motorists are racking up bills with replacing tires and also repairing damages to their cars but are reluctant to report it to authorities due to the long processing period.

She went on to reveal that the potholes in Goodland, St Michael were repaired earlier this year but after the continuous heavy rains, the road had deteriorated to its original state.

She criticized the authorities for filling the potholes only to placate frustrated residents and motorists.

“To come and fix potholes to the extent only to keep our mouths closed or only to satisfy persons for a short period of time and then you have to go back and the holes need repairing and you are falling in and damaging your vehicles …. This is not a temporary inconvenience because that temporary inconvenience costs up to $300 to $400 per tyre and other areas of the vehicle,” she argued.

The BRSA will be highlight potholes with an orange flag. The flags will be placed in the pothole to warn motorists to avoid the carters.

“We cannot as an association sit back and recognize that people can be killed by these potholes especially now at this time when they can’t see them because of the rain; and do nothing because each and every life on our roads need to be taken care of and looked out for,” she said.

39 Responses to BRSA launches new initiative to highlight potholes

  1. MARIA Holder October 28, 2017 at 6:42 pm

    Love it! Had two flat tyres already. Road tax, land tax and income tax paid up. Refunds 2015 and 2016 outstanding

  2. Luis Fuentes
    Luis Fuentes October 28, 2017 at 7:11 pm

    The entire country has turned into one giant pothole.

  3. john October 28, 2017 at 7:21 pm

    hope you got nuff yellow fabric and couple hundred feet of poles !

  4. MARIA Holder October 28, 2017 at 7:43 pm

    Plastic Bag said it years ago, the potholes have in roads. Of course, he will not sing that type of social commentary right now. But clever writing, all the same

  5. M.m. Cumberbatch
    M.m. Cumberbatch October 28, 2017 at 7:48 pm

    Not only potholes but potholes coupled with overgrown bush.

  6. Nikolai Gibson
    Nikolai Gibson October 28, 2017 at 7:53 pm

    Thanks for looking out for us.

  7. Cisco Wolf
    Cisco Wolf October 28, 2017 at 8:27 pm

    Time to start selling flags….

  8. Sean Chandler
    Sean Chandler October 28, 2017 at 8:29 pm

    And I wonder how long before some minister or other snivel servant will say she’s breaking the law and endangering people

  9. Cornelius Drogo
    Cornelius Drogo October 28, 2017 at 9:21 pm

    I saw some in Goodland just this morning..they don’t have enough flags in the world for the potholes in Barbados they have in Barbados…

  10. luther thorne October 28, 2017 at 9:52 pm

    Sean ! The DLP erected Billboards all across Barbados for the 2008 electiond illegally. They should have been prosecuted
    I would like to see them hypocrutches say something bout this fuh trute hey

  11. David Gibson
    David Gibson October 28, 2017 at 9:58 pm

    I saw some on salters Rd tanite and they did the job of alerting me to some of the wells on that Rd tanite ..thanks to Mrs bowen and her team.

  12. luther thorne October 28, 2017 at 10:45 pm

    They soon ban you from CBC again. It is really ridiculous what is going on @ CBC tho’
    CBC is being used to divide and polarize Barbados
    After they carry Barbados to the point who is going to pull it back ?

  13. Simon Equinoxx
    Simon Equinoxx October 28, 2017 at 11:05 pm

    Oprah is that you ?

  14. Elridge Dixon
    Elridge Dixon October 28, 2017 at 11:20 pm

    This association should concentrate on educating all Barbadians on the correct use of our roads in a sustained manner.

    • Daisy Suzanne King
      Daisy Suzanne King October 29, 2017 at 8:41 am

      The Potholes are a road hazard.

    • Elridge Dixon
      Elridge Dixon October 29, 2017 at 6:18 pm

      Yes Daisy but their response is reactionary. Road users are crying out for information on how to use our roads correctly. Two quick examples – indiscriminate parking in corners and crossing from behind stationary vehicles. How many more must die? There is a need for education and re-education.

  15. archy perch October 29, 2017 at 12:07 am

    She needs to stop playing politics with that Road Safety Association.
    Then again, everybody is playing the game nowadays hoping for the big prize.

  16. Ann Szebenyi
    Ann Szebenyi October 29, 2017 at 12:15 am

    At first glance I thought this was Oprah..

  17. luther thorne October 29, 2017 at 2:34 am

    The DLP is playing Politics @ CBC. When you all do such things and they have to be corrected by getting rid of the perpertrators, you all come with foolish talk about ‘ playing politics.’ The claim is ludicrous coming from the most tribalistic and divisive DLP people in Barbados. The fatted calf syndrome is a symbol of division that allows the DLP to practise the politics of Division and Exclusion . Bad for Barbados from 1971 to present. Should have been in Opposition for 30- 40 years. Always wreck Barbados and seek to blame others.
    What she is doing is good to alert people to potholes- important to drivers. She is doing more than your ABSENTEE Prime Minister. He could not care less

  18. Sheron Inniss October 29, 2017 at 7:06 am

    If I still owned a vehicle I would be placing my mashup tires in the said potholes ’cause yuh can’t get no satisfaction from the powers that be. What she is doing is illegal too; so why differentiate.

  19. Jenny Applewhaite
    Jenny Applewhaite October 29, 2017 at 8:15 am

    Don’t think wunna got enough flags to put down but the roadsides will be decorated…..might save some lives also

  20. Tony Webster October 29, 2017 at 8:25 am

    Effin Ossie Moore wuz yet with us, I’m sure he wudda stuck up signs too….but ones saying “Throw a coin in the pool, and mek a wish”….as he watched close-by!
    His sidekick Gearbox, master gear-changer he was, ( and no fool fuh trute) cudda tried another one to outmanoeuvre him, by offering to guide tourissess “safely” through our “most famous” stretches of road, for a li’l tip…wid complimentary clothes-pegs for the noses of those driving Worthing main road after rain fall.
    Barbados: land of the free and de brazen; freenesses; fanatics; and also those frenetically frantic for de bell to ring!


  21. Ann Lee Flo
    Ann Lee Flo October 29, 2017 at 10:35 am

    I would stop paying that road taxes n see what happens

  22. Shari A Lobo
    Shari A Lobo October 29, 2017 at 1:46 pm

    Putting a flag next to the pothole is the equivalent of putting a plaster on a gunshot wound. Why not put energies elsewhere to rally support from motorist to challenge the GOB? Create a database of persons with issues that have arisen from the poorly maintained roads and then file a class action lawsuit against GOB?
    Doing the same thing and expecting a different result is not the best avenue for a response to meet the needs. Need to think outside the box when dealing with GOB.

  23. jrsmith October 29, 2017 at 1:55 pm

    If our bajan politicians had no choice but to be accountable to the black masses ,
    everything in barbados wold be different , you cannot expect anything to be done
    for the people by people who dont really care , we all sing till the cows come home……
    ………. Accountability is the name of the game , barbados has an infrastructure which
    nothing was done about the same for 4 decades , our politicians have they excuse ,
    climate change for everything …..
    Patching of the holes made me laugh out loud , a truck turn up 3 people 2 people
    with shovels , shovel in the mixture they had in this hole , then they drove the truck
    forward and backward about 4 times over patch , off they went who is paying for that
    how long would that last ………………..

  24. Dave Mayers
    Dave Mayers October 29, 2017 at 2:01 pm

    Wait…what date is it?
    Is it the 1st April?
    Shame Shame Shame..a major tourist island…1703 Mount Gay selling at 800BDS on the West Coast…and we got a pot hole epidemic….
    Shame Shame . COW, Mr PM etc

  25. Outside Looking In October 29, 2017 at 2:15 pm

    So what’s next…Gas/Oil lamps strung up to light the neighbourhoods

    Water Butts parked along residential streets and folks with buckets waiting in line

    Aspirin split into two, match sticks split into two…..

    Is this really BIM I am reading about in 2017…

  26. Claire Battershield
    Claire Battershield October 29, 2017 at 3:59 pm

    Just as i had asked.The Collymore Rock stretch has so many craters its best if you paint the entire road fluorescent orange

  27. Weldon Adrian Lawrence
    Weldon Adrian Lawrence October 29, 2017 at 4:15 pm

    Very..veeeery slow clap

  28. Fran Wickham
    Fran Wickham October 29, 2017 at 5:28 pm

    We need well lit roads too!

  29. Alex Alleyne October 29, 2017 at 6:47 pm

    One person was to do the strip somewhere in the North for “next-skint-to-nothing” and I got shot down by the “powers that be”. I knew for sure that idea wont fly in BIM cos the Power houses in road building and repairs told the Late David Thompson it will cost the TAX PAYER , “ONE MILLION DOLLARS PER MILE”, I cannot remember if it was US$ or BDS$…….cos you know how we Bajans love to speak in “US”
    when it comes to $$$$$$$$$$$$$$$$$$$$$$$$$$$$$$$$$$$$$$$$$$$$$$$$$.

  30. Jacqui Hodges
    Jacqui Hodges October 29, 2017 at 9:57 pm

    Why lot just sort the pot holes as they appear, rather than tagging a few hundred when they become so dangerous?

  31. Icil Phillips
    Icil Phillips October 30, 2017 at 1:39 am

    is dem put the orange arrows in flagstaff?

  32. Icil Phillips
    Icil Phillips October 30, 2017 at 1:46 am

    if you have problems meeting the demands of schools, the civil service etc how sre u going to fix roads? the PM say potholes are a minor inconvenience ; the st. lucy mp say they helping make the roads safer …so learn to drive like the taximen used to do on the arima to santa rosa hghts run..swerve.swerve.swerve!!


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