Minister of Transport and Works Michael Lashley is calling on residents to abide by the road traffic laws. He made the call while speaking at the Road Safety Day celebrations in Jubilee Gardens Bridgetown on Saturday.
“Let us respect the laws of Barbados, let us respect the road traffic laws,” Lashley said.
Employees of the Ministry of Transport and Works used the occasion to educate people about the road traffic laws and the highway codes.
There have been 26 road fatalities so far this year and Lashley recently introduced amendments to the Road Safety Act in Parliament. Amendments include the implementation of breathalyzer testing, random drug testing to drivers of public service vehicles and heavy-duty vehicles as well as a fine for motorists caught parking in spots reserved for disabled people.
“We are here to save lives and save families,” Lashley said.
“We still have one of the lowest rates in terms of road fatalities throughout the region . . . [but] that is not something to be proud of . . . we have to go towards a vision of zero,” he said.
President of the Road Safety Association Sharmane Roland-Bowen said she hopes this year’s statistics will not exceed 2012’s record of 28 deaths.
“We still have a month and a couple more weeks and we don’t want anymore. We almost reached the limit where in 2012 there were 28 fatalities and we don’t want it to get there,” she said.