Police said drivers who were caught on camera engaging in “dangerous, reckless and irresponsible” behaviour on the roads during yesterday’s shutdown will not get away with it.
Veteran member of the Royal Barbados Police Force traffic division Sergeant Seibert Johnson told Barbados TODAY this morning he had seen disturbing videos circulating on social media showing motorists driving thoughtlessly on the roads while the island was on shutdown because of Tropical Storm Matthew.
Johnson said the content of the videos, which he described as dangerous, reckless and irresponsible, was being investigated by police, and gave the assurance that the perpetrators would feel the full brunt of the law.
“We will be looking forward to bringing some charges against those persons which we identify . . . .Some of them had writing, there are cars we can identify by their colours. The registration numbers of the vehicles, once they are legit we can find them and that is what we are going to do,” Johnson said.
The lawman identified several areas where he said drivers were engaging in illegal moves, making clear police knew who they were and would be going after them.
“You would have seen the one going down Broad Street and heading on to Lower Broad Street; again, that was video-taped by someone’s camera from inside the car.
“The one on Baxter’s Road, that guy came down the road and he was hand breaking and turning in the centre of the road and that is reckless, that is dangerous. He could have easily lost control of that vehicle on the wet surface and cause injury to himself or some other person that might have been on the road,” the officer explained.
He also identified a number of vehicles used in irresponsible activities at roundabouts, including Jackson, as belonging to a particular club and companies with which he said was familiar.
“I saw them perform recently at the Gymnasium and some of the same cars that are there drifting around the [Jackson] roundabout are some of the same cars that are involved in the illegal acts yesterday.
“Then the one at the Garrison is owned by a particular company in Barbados where the colours are all painted the same colour and could be easily identified. Then there is the other one there by Cost-U-Less roundabout with a black jeep,” he said.
The police spokesman stressed that the perpetrators engaging in the unlawful acts could not be allowed to get away without facing the consequences of their actions because “they have put innocent lives at risk”.
“Even yesterday I was outside for a short while and I saw motorcycles wheel up. So everybody took the time out yesterday to do what they want to do. It would have been dangerous in those high winds yesterday, but those guys found time to do nonsense,” he said.
Meantime, Public Relations Officer Station Sergeant Roland Cobbler appealed to Barbadians to respect the warnings issued by the Department of Emergency Management.
“There are a few persons who ignored the warnings that were being emphasized on the media and we want to encourage those persons to desist from those practices because any depression or storm could be unpredictable and it doesn’t make any sense exposing yourself to such dangers,” Cobbler said.