Senator appeals for tougher stance on motorbikes

Government’s sweeping amendments to the Road Traffic Act came in for praise from independent Senator Carol Lady Haynes in the Senate today.

However, Lady Haynes, a longstanding medical doctor and rights advocate, acknowledged some shortcomings in the bill while suggesting that it “would be a pity” if it were passed without some adjustments.

“I could not find anywhere in the Act where there was reference to motorbikes and all of us in the driving public must have shared the terror I have shared on so many occasions coming down the highway and seeing a line of young men coming at you,” the Senator said, adding that the issues related to motorcycles needed to be addressed with urgency.

“It is a major cause for significant interest to drivers and others using the highway and I make a plea that we consider that.”

Citing Canadian traffic regulations, the Senator said there was more rigorous testing of persons seeking motorcycle licences, including tests of situations for accident avoidance.

When it came to the introduction of breathalyzer testing, Lady Haynes acknowledged that the Barbados Association of Medical Practitioners had examined the issue several years ago.

“I have absolutely no problem with people being tested for alcohol use. However, I think that we have to be very careful about the standardized breathalyzers to make sure that you go into this with full knowledge,” she added.

The medical doctor also lamented the lack of statistics on drunk driving in Barbados and its correlation to traffic accidents.

She said if statistics were readily available they would contribute to a more potent case for the breathalyzer tests.

2 Responses to Senator appeals for tougher stance on motorbikes

  1. Richard Johnston November 30, 2017 at 8:02 am

    In addition to motorcycles being included in road-safety legislation, they should be obliged to obey the same rules as four-wheeled vehicles, as is the case in North America. That means not weaving in and out of traffic on the island’s narrow roads, endangering themselves and others.

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  2. Alex Alleyne November 30, 2017 at 11:39 am

    What about all the “ginger squeezers” for bicycles that on the roadways with “NO LIGHT, NO REAR FENDER WITH REFLECTOR, NO BRAKES , NO BELL, etc. and got we all in just as much trouble.

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