Residents urged to abide by road traffic laws

Minister of Transport and Works Michael Lashley is calling on residents to abide by the road traffic laws. He made the call while speaking at the Road Safety Day celebrations in Jubilee Gardens Bridgetown on Saturday.

“Let us respect the laws of Barbados, let us respect the road traffic laws,” Lashley said.

Employees of the Ministry of Transport and Works used the occasion to educate people about the road traffic laws and the highway codes.

There have been 26 road fatalities so far this year and Lashley recently introduced amendments to the Road Safety Act in Parliament. Amendments include the implementation of breathalyzer testing, random drug testing to drivers of public service vehicles and heavy-duty vehicles as well as a fine for motorists caught parking in spots reserved for disabled people.

“We are here to save lives and save families,” Lashley said.

“We still have one of the lowest rates in terms of road fatalities throughout the region . . . [but] that is not something to be proud of . . . we have to go towards a vision of zero,” he said.

President of the Road Safety Association Sharmane Roland-Bowen said she hopes this year’s statistics will not exceed 2012’s record of 28 deaths.

“We still have a month and a couple more weeks and we don’t want anymore. We almost reached the limit where in 2012 there were 28 fatalities and we don’t want it to get there,” she said.

8 Responses to Residents urged to abide by road traffic laws

  1. Serene Cheshire Clarke
    Serene Cheshire Clarke November 19, 2017 at 9:29 am

    did you lose the “rotate left” button?

  2. Bernadette Austin
    Bernadette Austin November 19, 2017 at 9:41 am

    Thats two pictures for the morning so far. Hmmmm

  3. jrsmith November 19, 2017 at 1:52 pm

    For people to abide by laws ,the said laws have to be enforced , when the law will come , against using your cell phone while driving………………..Our roads needs proper road management , cats eyes , centre white lines ,speed limits , speed cameras, road humps, more traffic lights , especially at couple round abouts and we need some short flyovers…………………………………….

  4. November 19, 2017 at 2:19 pm

    Wait wait.
    Yuh sayin about Law en BAHBAHDUS.
    Neer the twain shall meet?!

  5. Stephen November 19, 2017 at 2:55 pm

    Is this the same minister who F—– up NHC and was handed the MTW by his friend the PM and has also F—– up that ministry for personal gain?
    This is why the integrity legislation laws will not be put into law under this government.
    I guess being a criminal lawyer has its advantages.

  6. Jennifer November 19, 2017 at 3:20 pm

    “We are here to save lives and save families,” Lashley said. –
    Oh really, now stop it.

  7. Belfast November 19, 2017 at 9:46 pm

    I would like to see one day, a monument erected preferably at a roundabout, of the legendary Corporal Golbourne Cyrus, (R) BPF, on his trusted motorcycle.

  8. Alex Alleyne November 20, 2017 at 12:36 pm

    Years ago I said , Use CBC TV during the 7’oclock news to educate bajans on how to use the highways. GIS should put it out there.
    If some persons don’t comply, then the Police/law court will have to play it’s part.
    Lots of money to be made in the traffic court.
    While you are at it Mr. Minister, try hard , very hard and tell us “when you gine fix the POT-HOLES in the roads”. You do your part and the RBPF will do theirs.


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