There is a need for persons who learned to drive between 30 and 40 years ago to be re-educated on road safety, Minister of Labour Senator Dr Esther Byer-Suckoo said yesterday.
“We have realized that the road, the number of cars on the road, the configuration of the road has changed and for some people, they have not been re-educated on the use of the road and you realize that when you drive behind certain people, that they are not really sure how to take this particular junction or particular roundabout,” she explained during debate in the Senate.
Dr Byer-Suckoo expressed concern that such drivers were also unaware about new traffic restrictions and signage.
“We have junctions that from time to time have changed, the marking of the road changes, the signage changes to say that you are no longer using this lane to do that, but folks don’t use the signage,” she said.
“They are accustomed of using this lane to do that, so they use that lane and then they find themselves in trouble.”
Dr Byer-Suckoo made the comments as she opened debate on the Land Acquisition Act, Cap 228 – Warrens Traffic Safety Improvement Project this morning.
She told colleagues that the bill not only provides for the acquisition of land in St Thomas, St Michael and St James but also was to address issues such as signage on the roads, vending on the roadways and an electronic vehicle registration programme which, she said, would be implemented very soon.
“Too many Barbadians are actually driving on our roads illegally . . . It is a dangerous situation,” she said, pointing out that the introduction of the electronic vehicle registration programme would seek to arrest such practices among other things.