Lashley: Enforcement of new traffic law will help deter drink driving

Minister of Transport and Works Michael Lashley is suggesting that the newly-increased penalties for drink driving will not by themselves be enough to prevent the unwanted practice.

However, he expects that along with greater enforcement of the recently passed Road Traffic Amendment Act 2017, fewer people will drive while under the influence of alcohol.

Under the Act, road offenders, including drink drivers, face fines of $5,000 or two years imprisonment or both on the first conviction and $10,000 in fines on the second conviction.

Lashley said there was not enough data to conclude that drink drivers were responsible for the near trebling of road fatalities so far this year – which total 27, as compared to ten for all of last year.

However, he told Wednesday’s launch of the Massy United Insurance Driving Skills Academy at Bushy Park racing circuit in St Philip that there was a high degree of concern about drink driving, therefore the increased fines were imposed to act as a deterrent.

“We decided, ‘let us increase the penalties for drunk driving’ and that is a major concern in Barbados. In spite of the fact that in relation to the evidence . . . the concrete or documentary evidence . . . there is a little challenge, but when you speak to the stakeholders, we recognize that there is a concern in relation to drunk driving in Barbados,” he said.

“And then what we would have to do to enforce these provisions, is that we would have to get all of our stakeholders on board . . . recognizing that people are being reckless on the road, report them, so that the police can get into action, so that we would have effect of the provisions that [are] within the law.”

Under the new traffic law, drivers have up to 24 hours to produce their driver’s licence after an accident.

Lashley said this was to limit the amount of time they would have had to manipulate the system and mislead
the police.

“So we shortened the time, because we recognize that our mandate is road safety and we want to protect other road users out there,” he said.

Lashley also said he had accepted a proposal to have magistrates use their discretion to order anyone convicted of road traffic violations to attend a driving skills academy.

He said this would give offenders an opportunity to “rehabilitate themselves in terms of driving skills on the road”.  

40 Responses to Lashley: Enforcement of new traffic law will help deter drink driving

  1. Earl Crichlow
    Earl Crichlow December 8, 2017 at 12:21 am

    I don’t know how dis going workout, because politicians and policemen drink just as hard…

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    • Sharon Taylor
      Sharon Taylor December 8, 2017 at 8:39 am

      I love it!

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    • Sonia Bragg
      Sonia Bragg December 8, 2017 at 9:49 am

      Was thinking that I hope they too stop drinking and driving

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    • Marilyn C Fields
      Marilyn C Fields December 8, 2017 at 2:25 pm

      Dat lot only have to make a phone call if they are caught..reel and come again lashley

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    • Adrian M Chase
      Adrian M Chase December 8, 2017 at 2:51 pm

      Add educators to that list.

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  2. Taurus Bull
    Taurus Bull December 8, 2017 at 1:55 am

    It will work out caused only the poor would be charged.

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  3. Ali Baba
    Ali Baba December 8, 2017 at 5:44 am

    LASHLEY..DO U KNOW MORE ACCIDENTS ARE CAUSE BY CELL PHONE USERS WHILE DRIVING? ONE HAND ON THE STEERING, CELL IN THE OTHER, TEXTING, MAKING AH CALL OR RECEIVING ONE, DO U REALLY KNOW HOW DANGEROUS THAT IS?.I’M NOT SAYING PEOPLE SHOULD DRINK AN DRIVE, BUT THOSE PENALTIES WOW…HUMMMMM

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    • Gillian Skeete
      Gillian Skeete December 8, 2017 at 2:17 pm

      Add all what you say to the charges and fines and prison for drunk driving speeding and speeding while drunk and as serious at texting and using a cell while driving etc

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  4. Ali Baba
    Ali Baba December 8, 2017 at 5:51 am

    I WONDER WHO WAS THE DRINK DRIVING MINISTER THAT RAN AH RED LIGHT AND TEK OUT AH CAR COMPLETELY….WELL I GUESS THE TAX PAYER HOLD THAT BILL…..

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    • Gillian Skeete
      Gillian Skeete December 8, 2017 at 2:18 pm

      They should no longer have a drivers license and should have been charged!

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  5. Francine Russell
    Francine Russell December 8, 2017 at 6:17 am

    ……hmmm, drink or DRUNK??!!

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    • Gillian Skeete
      Gillian Skeete December 8, 2017 at 2:15 pm

      If you are above whatever the legal limit is ya in trouble. No tolerence

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  6. jrsmith December 8, 2017 at 7:03 am

    To enforce this drink and drive laws ,means random stop and test as like stop and search.. Not waiting until an accident occur to do a test on the person/persons involve …….
    There is also a matter of technology, not shuffling bits of paper around …..The bigger picture would enforcement be on any driver and not the them and us behavior which is always there………………

    @,Alli Baba , hail hail, your (5:44) very good shot , I live in the UK and visit bim sometimes 5 times a year seeing drivers just using they mobiles in Barbados , just dont care , this is a very serious issue…..
    In the UK you are fine for using your mobile and drivers themselves , take videos of anyone using they mobile and push it out on the internet …………………

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  7. Rawle Spooner
    Rawle Spooner December 8, 2017 at 7:04 am

    Ok couple questions is breath testing going to be introduce and if so is equipment going to calibrated on a regular basis also is there going to be serious enforcement because the laws presently on the books are barely enforce.Are these so call new laws going to be enforce evenly and fairly across the population or just the folks at the bottom of the economic ladder gine be targeted the most just keeping it real because it’s Barbados and that’s how the system operates.

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  8. Troy Welch
    Troy Welch December 8, 2017 at 7:44 am

    Y is the court saying how much money the make off traffic offences but cant pave the roads and by the way all the ppl u pull court pay road tax think bout that. Holding honest ppl at ransom

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    • Jerome Gibbons
      Jerome Gibbons December 8, 2017 at 4:46 pm

      Cause it goes into their pockets and family pockets. Duh

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  9. Alex Alleyne December 8, 2017 at 7:55 am

    Anyone who drive and get caught violating the “traffic Laws” should understand that there is “PLENTY MONEY” to be paid out. There is no “ticket system” in BIM, (except for parking) so you can go to Court today for speeding and be fined BDS$500. and go back next week and get soaked BDS$1000. for doing the same speed.
    NOT THAT YOU SHOULD BE SPEEDING .
    My main concern is vehicles out at night with “NO TAIL LIGHTS , and NO BREAK LIGHTS”. While during the day, it’s the “heavy duty trucks” with “NO MUD FLAPS and NO TURN SIGNALS”.
    Along with the MINI BUS/ZR VAN “STOPPING WITHOUT SIGNALING”.

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  10. Michael Crichlow
    Michael Crichlow December 8, 2017 at 8:06 am

    Does that apply to law enforcement ?

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  11. Justin Case
    Justin Case December 8, 2017 at 8:49 am

    If I read it correctly, a person will or can be fined the exact same and a person guilty of drink driving. That doesn’t seem logical that a person on the Belle doing 90 will be fined the same as the next person doing 90 but drunk. They won’t be charged with both because the impairment will be a defence to the speeding. I also think if you are caught drunk driving you should be disqualified for a period. People who can afford to pay aren’t going to stop. Then you get a situation like some psv drivers with multiple offences and still on the road until someone is killed or seriously injured.

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    • Gillian Skeete
      Gillian Skeete December 8, 2017 at 2:12 pm

      Make it no tolerance period, for drunk driving plus licence permanently revoked charges for drunk driving and if also speeding charges plus fine for endangering life possible prison time too if anyone was injured and definite prison if any death/s were caused from being drunk and speeding.
      For just speeding a fine and depending on how fast person was driving heavy fine, charges for endangering life and license suspension and if death is caused license revoked permanently and prison. This has to be enforced seriously or it won’t work. Nobody should be above the law no matter who it is. Nobody!

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  12. Jerry Tilitz
    Jerry Tilitz December 8, 2017 at 9:02 am

    Great idea. I was almost killed by a drunk driver on a visit to Bim in the 80s. Strictly enforced laws against using a phone while driving is a good idea too. These important public health issues may not seem very pressing until something happens to you. A good government protects its citizens. Just sayin’.

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  13. Shotta Pappa
    Shotta Pappa December 8, 2017 at 9:33 am

    Marcus Boyce before them fix the roads them bout hay looking to rob the poor

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  14. Rodney G
    Rodney G December 8, 2017 at 9:38 am

    Some thing has to be doneand it has to start at some point!

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  15. Maville Giddings
    Maville Giddings December 8, 2017 at 9:47 am

    Inc ull

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  16. Ben Bella
    Ben Bella December 8, 2017 at 9:59 am

    Amen Earl Crichlow immigration too

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  17. No Introduction Needed
    No Introduction Needed December 8, 2017 at 10:32 am

    Wah bajan write this article

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  18. Wayne Norville
    Wayne Norville December 8, 2017 at 11:06 am

    Will you be the first to stop?

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  19. Edwin Barker
    Edwin Barker December 8, 2017 at 11:59 am

    Ask the chief L E Officer in the land

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  20. Seth St John
    Seth St John December 8, 2017 at 12:54 pm

    Whats drink driving?

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    • Jason King
      Jason King December 8, 2017 at 2:25 pm

      That’s when you’re drink picks up the keys and goes for a joy ride without you.

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    • Marlissa Matthias
      Marlissa Matthias December 8, 2017 at 5:19 pm

      I know what they really want say but ammmm seriously? Drink driving, does that include any beverage lmao

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  21. Ossie Moore December 8, 2017 at 1:35 pm

    Am I hearing a Vinci term ” Drinks driving”! or is it? Any way I salute the minister for allowing the nation to have a much more intendedly safe Buhbadeus for the Yuletide season! Merry Christmas and a sure time better New Year!! Last before I go is that “Pc Broom wants more Bajans to join the Police Band wind section. He means to say there is going to be a lot more blowing!

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  22. Haskell Murray December 8, 2017 at 3:29 pm

    The first people you have to start with are the police who are some of the worst drunk driving offenders so I don’t know how this will work in a place like Barbados where rum is made and drinking rum is a cultural thing

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  23. Dario R Bruce
    Dario R Bruce December 8, 2017 at 3:52 pm

    so cause drink driving hit home to he he decide he bringing a new law? smh…

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    • Jerome Gibbons
      Jerome Gibbons December 8, 2017 at 4:46 pm

      Got nuff men that want hanging to and the last time someone got hang wasn’t because a PM had something hit home? What does that tell you

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    • Dario R Bruce
      Dario R Bruce December 8, 2017 at 5:57 pm

      Convenient only when it comes to them

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  24. Marva Lashley-Todd
    Marva Lashley-Todd December 8, 2017 at 5:11 pm

    For the amount of rum and beer that sells in Barbados it does not equate the the amount of deaths by drunk/drink driving. wannah should be getting enough money for the many traffic offences and yet still wannah aint doing nothing with the potholes in the road. They could cause more deaths that the drinking.

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