Guyana Implements Breathalizer Law – Barbados Government Continues To Ignore Drunken Slaughter Every Weekend

Government Of Guyana Acts Responsibly Against Drunk Driving

Successive Barbados Governments have failed to implement breathalizer laws that would target the growing slaughter on our roads. We lose more people to drunk driving than we do to murder, but when it came to protecting us from drunken drivers, the idiots of the Owen Arthur – Mia Mottley BLP Government never went further than talking about “maybe, if, someday”.

At least with the BLP Government, we knew that our drooling, word-slurring Prime Minister never implemented anti-drunk driving laws because he didn’t want to get nicked himself!

Thompson DLP Government Continues The BLP Policy Of Doing Nothing To Stop Drunk Driving

After almost seven months in office, the Thompson DLP Government has done nothing to address the serious problem that our country lacks enforceable, modern drunk-driving laws.

Think about that folks – in practically every civilized jurisdiction in the world when there has been an accident and the police suspect the driver might have had even one beer, the driver has to blow into a breathalizer machine to prove how much alcohol is in his or her body. We know that some people can drink lots and not “look” like they are drunk, but they shouldn’t be driving. The breathalizer provides scientific evidence so there is no doubt.

Barbados Free Press has been calling for breathaliser laws and equipment for the police for two and a half years now. In those two and a half years we have seen some horrible accidents and even mass accidents – but our law enforcement officers have no way of testing to see how much those drivers had been drinking.

The first job of government is to protect the citizens, and successive BLP and DLP governments have failed to protect the citizens when it comes to drunken driving.

Prime Minister Thompson… time to act, Sir. If your government can’t implement breathalizer laws during the first year of your term, that will pretty well say everything about your priorities and leadership.

Further Reading

Stabroek News: Guyana Passes Drunk-Driving Legislation

BFP

November 22, 2007 – Five Year Sentence For Dangerous Driver – But Still No Breathalyzer Law

October 30, 2007 – More Road Deaths Than Murders: Yet Barbados Still Does Not Have Breathalyzer Laws Or Technology

August 15, 2007 – Minister of Transport Gline Clarke Finally “Talking” About Driver Breathaliser Tests – As First Suggested By By Barbados Free Press Over A Year Ago

July 25, 2006 – Barbados Government To Ban Cell Phones While Driving

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16 responses to “Guyana Implements Breathalizer Law – Barbados Government Continues To Ignore Drunken Slaughter Every Weekend

  1. Just out of curiosity – how do you all get to and from Oistins for your weekly Friday night beer binges? I also recall one of you submitting an entry while drunk?

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    BFP say,

    Hey Ian… we never drive drunk. It a long story, but never ever ever.

    No. 11 Z be much better than drive drunk. And yes it is FRIDAY!!!!

  2. Thomas Gresham

    Dear BFP,

    You are absolutely right.

    One of the things that struck me when I returned home after many years in London was that when someone said at a party in London that they were the designated driver, it meant they were drinking soft drinks. In Barbados, if someone says they are the designated driver, it only means they think they should start slow.

    Its part of our Bajan male, machismo/stupidness that says we can hold down a drink and then operate a lethal weapon. Every statistical study has shown that even legal levels of alcohol in your system will impair your judgement. There are so many bad drivers in Barbados even when they are sober, so god help us when they are drunk. We need to get them off the streets now!

  3. Equity

    The Barbados Advocate editorial was partially on the same thing today.

  4. Fool me once

    Answer is simple.

    Govt was raisin taxes on alcohol so, obvious, doan want to stop drivers drinkin much as they can at the bars before driving home. Way more money collected that way.

    So what if a few souls get run down in the streets. Dey should be in the bars drinking.

  5. Peltdownman

    There’s no doubt that we in barbados will find it very hard to live up to drink/driving laws, but we have to. We already have one of the highest accident rates per capita in the world. It is a fact that you are much more likely to get into an accident here than you are in most countries. My wife and I were victims of a head-on collision, where the other driver was carrying a beer in one hand. Fortunately, our car saved us from serious injury, but that’s not the point. We were lucky, but what about all those innocent victims that are not so lucky? Wives, husbands, children. It can’t happen to you? Yeah, right.

  6. Sundowner

    Ian
    I’m someone who leaves for work about 4.30am on a Saturday, believe me, I’m tired of ‘avoiding’ traffic which we assume comes from Oistens, all over the road and driving like hell, sometimes racing each other. I’m worn out by the time I get to work but glad to have survived!
    I remember being in the UK and seeing the ‘Landlord’ of a pub taking the car keys off a man, he said he ( the Landlord) could be prosecuted for serving alcohol to someone who was obviously ‘over the limit’

  7. Pat

    Sundowner:

    It is the same in Canada. The law not only applies to bars, but to private house parties as well.

  8. I addressed the query to BFP who is strangely silent on my interrogative…

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    BFP say,

    It ok Ian. We sobered up enough to answer! 😉

  9. Goldenbead

    I am interested to know how many road fatalities on average there are annually in Barbados.

    Peltdownman says that Barbados has one of the highest accident rates per capita in the world.

    The roads in Phuket are extremely dangerous, I have never seen people drive like they drive here. When I come to Barbados it is like a different planet. The Barbadian drivers seem so slow, polite and orderly by comparison!

    I am interested to know the numbers.

  10. TheWatcher

    Why is it that no one wants to take responsibility for their own actions? It is always a call on the PM to do this and that.
    The man has been in office for less than 8 months now and has a whole lot to do to bring the country back to a state which it was before the previous administration did their part to waste tax-payers monies.
    Take responsibility! You drink and can’t walk or talk, then don’t drive! Barbadians have for years had a high tolerance for alcohol. They don’t get wasted on two beers like some other nationals of some of the countries of the developed world. What we need to do is to be wise and responsible. And then you are asking Police to do this sort of work. They themselves are heavy or hard drinkers. So the fox is watching the chicken coop for the farmer.
    Leave the PM to do the business of the country and be responsible for yourselves!

  11. Fishpot

    Drunk driving is a serious problem world wide. In most countries vehicular manslaughter is three or more years in jail. The people that decide if there should be law or not, will wake up one morning to discover that it is hit home to them when one of their children has been killed by a drunk. I know who is going to be on trial if one ever kills one of mine.

  12. WeKulture

    I drink
    I get drunk
    I fall down
    No problem

  13. WeKulture

    “When I come to Barbados it is like a different planet.
    The Barbadian drivers seem so slow, polite and orderly by comparison!”

    ..to the point of being ridiculous,yes.

    Many Bajans equate slow with safe.
    I don’t, necessarily.

    I know many girl drivers who are safe to the point of being dangerous
    not so much to themselves
    but to others on the road.

    i.e. they cause far more silly accidents than they themselves actually get involved in.

    Driving efficiency(EFFICIENCY,not speed) needs to be ‘upped’
    but that would call for the paying of attention, which many of us are not prepared to do.

    We prefer slow.
    It takes less RAM.

  14. 329.184.83.168

    TheWatcher urges us to
    “Leave the PM to do the business of the country and be responsible for yourselves!”

    – all very well and good but..
    being responsible for ourselves would be declaring that Massa day done fer real
    and we are now Our Own Keeper
    – a fundamental change of personal viewpoint.
    “Surely there should be someone to look after us(a pseudo-Massa) now dat slavery done?”

    What fresh hell is this…that we are now expected to be responsible for ourselves?
    —————————–
    and as for the PM being the Big Chief who solves every little squabble in the village…
    that BS has been encouraged over the last 10 yrs. by O$A
    to the point where silly Bajans now routinely expect it,like some strange norm.

    Can you see Geo. W. or Gordon Brown, maybe Germany’s Angela Merkl solving silly little issues..like what Barbados PM’s are called upon to solve??
    are we a nation of CHILDREN?
    For Christ’s sake!

  15. Just Waiting

    Bajans drive fast when they are reasonably sure the police are not waiting to ambush them. On our narrow roads we are forced to drive slow, after all the highest speed limit on the island is 80 Km/h and some people say that is too high. The new ABC is heaven for those who drive at the maximum all the time.
    I do not believe that we have had that many if any fatal accidents caused by drunk drivers. Stupidity is the biggest factor I think.

  16. ru4real

    Just waiting you are so right.