Residents of Fairy Valley Christ Church are appealing to truck drivers transporting construction supplies to the Grantley Adams International Airport Pavement Rehabilitation and Expansion Project to slow down when they are making their way through the area.
They complained to Barbados TODAY that too many trucks are driving through the area “as though they are on a race track”, and lamented that they are fearful that if the dangerous driving does not stop that someone could get hurt or even lose their life.
The residents noted that while they were aware that the work must go on, the drivers have a responsibility to drive carefully.
Resident Yvette Cox said after observing what was taking place; she took the decision a few weeks ago not to allow her children to even play in her frontyard, because she is afraid that one of them could lose control and land on her property.
“I am very concerned about it because these guys driving like if them on a race track, driving against one another. They are speeding and sometimes other vehicles on the road and you should see how they try to overtake the vehicles although them full up with marl and I say ‘wait, these people for real?’ and them blowing them horn like they can’t wait.
“And then some of the trucks don’t have covers because if you on the road, all the stuff does be blowing in your eyes and that is not good. If you walking you got to have your hands in front of your face because the stuff would go in your eyes,” Cox said.
Meanwhile, Peter Hunte, said he was vexed by the issue to the extent that earlier this week he used his cellular phone to record a video of the drivers driving on the road, which he eventually posted on social media to give Barbadians an idea of what has been happening.
Hunte said he has an interest in that matter since he has children and at least one of them often goes outside to play.
“To see big trucks like that racing up and down a small road is concerning. I wouldn’t like to know that I am at work and get a phone call telling me that somebody child get run over by a truck over stupidity, especially guys racing against one another. This has probably been going on for over a month now. There are a lot of children in the area.
“The minute I put that video up, about half an hour after the trucks slowed down, but one and two started back trying to race again this morning and I would like them to slow down. The average speed on this road should be 60 kilometers. People complaining that they are driving fast on the airport main road too,” Hunte said.
An elderly resident, who did not give his name, said while he acknowledged the work has to be done, “them men don’t have to drive through here like that”.
“Them driving those trucks too fast and this road too small. Sometimes you would see them coming up and a car may be going down and you would think they would stop but they don’t. They need to control that speed that they are moving up here with. They need to cover down the trucks because the dust is blowing all in your face,” the resident said.
Another resident also indicated that she has been keeping her young children indoors when she noticed that the truck drivers were speeding.
“We don’t want to get nobody fired or in trouble, all we want is for the drivers to understand that other people are driving on the road and people living in the area. The children want to know why they cannot go outside anymore.
“Our children should be able to go in the front of the house and run around and play without us being fearful that a truck driving too fast could lose control and run off the road and hit them.
“We are not blaming the airport management, we are not blaming who is in charge of the project, we just want the drivers to stop driving through the area like them on a race track,” the mother lamented.
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