Drag racers beware!
Minister of Transport and Works Michael Lashley has served notice that new legislation is in the works to deal with drivers who engage in the illegal activity.
“These fellas that are doing the drag racing on Sundays, that will be dealt with,” Lashley disclosed as he addressed his St Philip North constituency branch last evening.
The illegal practice is also a serious concern for the Royal Barbados Police Force. Public relations officer Assistant Superintendent David Welch said lawmen had responded to several reports of drag racing already this year.
“It is very concerning. This improper use of the roads in Barbados . . . puts the lives of participants, spectators and the general public at risk,” he told Barbados TODAY, as he appealed to those engaging in the activity to cease and desist.
Welch identified the ABC Highway as one of the most used roadways for the illegal driving.
Lashley said proposed measures to deal with the illegal activity were part of comprehensive legislation.
“The amendments should come to Parliament in another month or so. In fact, we have finalized the amendments. The breathalyzer test is coming, that has been finalized; the texting while driving, throwing something out through a window while driving, that will also be dealt with under the Act.”
The minister revealed that changes were also coming to regulate those involved in the production of vehicle registration plates.
“There must be a time in Barbados where licence plates will have to be standardized. So I am calling a meeting with all persons who make licence plates very shortly and we will probably put a policy in place and then ground it in legislation, so that the police would have powers [to deal with that]. I have submitted that and we will look at that down the road,” Lashley stated.