President of the Barbados Road Safety Association (BRSA) Sharmane Roland-Bowen is expressing sadness at the passing of three people following two road accidents this weekend.
While offering condolences to the families, she called on the newly elected Mia Mottley-led administration to place road safety as a priority on its list of issues to tackle with immediacy.
On Friday three people died in two separate road accidents.
The first accident, which occurred between Hothersal Turning and the Norman Niles Roundabout, resulted in the death of 45-year-old Mark Griffith of Broomesfield, St Lucy. He was a front seat passenger in a vehicle driven by 37-year-old Kevin Hinds of Hope Road in the same parish.
The second accident, which involved a motorcycle and a van, occurred at Foursquare, St Philip.
Two men – 31-year-old Lamar Small of Eddy Village, Christ Church and 33-year-old Omar Chase of St David Village, Christ Church, who were travelling on the motorcycle, died on the spot, after they collided with the van that was being driven by 48-year-old Wayne Cummins of Packers Valley, St Patrick, Christ Church.
Roland Bowen told Barbados TODAY this afternoon as Barbadians celebrate the victory of the Barbados Labour Party (BLP) at last Thursday’s polls, they should do so responsibly while bearing in mind the tragedy which is now affecting the families.
This brings to 14, the number of road fatalities in Barbados for the year so far.
“While we welcome the new administration to service, we want to draw their minds to that stark reminder of death and injury on our road,” said Roland-Bowen, who pointed out 14 road fatalities in just five months was simply too high.
With Crop Over festivities right around the corner, Roland-Bowen urged the BLP administration to ensure enforcement of the Road Traffic Act, especially as it relates to breathalyzer testing and driving and texting.
“We want the administration to view road safety as a priority and work towards the reduction of accidents and death on our roads. We want us not to encourage the bad practices on our road. By failing to act we are encouraging it,” she warned.
“We want us to enact and enforce the legislation that is there with a matter of urgency seeing the number of death occurring on our roads and with the Crop Over coming,” she said.
She said the BRSA stood ready to play its roll and work closely with the new government to help reduce the number of road accidents.
“We welcome the new administration and we want them to know we are willing to work with them. The victory that was won was won for the people. So let us all work together to achieve the ultimate goal with safety on our road,” she said.
Acknowledging that road users were most likely tired from the election campaign over the past few weeks, Roland-Bowen urged residents not to engage in the drinking alcohol and then operate their vehicles, pointing out that “alcohol and lack of rest is a recipe for accident and death on our roads”.
“Take some time and get the rest that you need and desist from using alcohol as part of the celebration if you know you are going to be on the road,” she cautioned.