Which DLP Government Official wrote this Barbados Advocate Editorial? (or should we say “this DLP Advertisement”?)

“… At present, the government is doing all it can to improve road safety and traffic flow. However no improvement will have any effect if Barbadians continue to drive reckless!”

… from the Barbados Advocate newspaper editorial Slow Down!

The Barbados Advocate declares war on criticism of the DLP Thompson Government

That’s it folks. No further comment is needed about the government’s policies and actions concerning road safety, roads or traffic flow. The editors of the Barbados Advocate have looked into everything and declared “the government is doing all it can…”

Yup. That’s it right there. Might as well shut down the blogs, the competitive Nation newspaper and disband the Barbados Road Safety Association. The Barbados Advocate says the government has it all under control and “is doing all it can…”

Were Transport Drivers Drinking Or Hung Over? Barbados Police Lack Breathaliser Equipment & Laws To Properly Investigate The Accident

Were Transport Drivers Drinking Or Hung Over? Barbados Police Lack Breathaliser Equipment & Laws To Properly Investigate The Accident

Strangely absent from the editorial is any mention of the absence of modern drinking and driving laws in Barbados despite promises by successive DLP and BLP governments over the last 25 years. Also absent is any acknowledgment that we pay our police officers so little that we are one hundred officers under authorized strength. Very few quality people want to be a Barbados police officer and that shortage means that traffic enforcement is neglected.

The worst of it is that when a serious motor vehicle accident happens, our police officers lack the laws, technology and training to determine if alcohol played a factor. Barbados Free Press has been calling for breathaliser laws and equipment for the police for approaching four years now. In that time we have seen some horrible accidents and even mass fatal accidents – but our law enforcement officers still have no way of testing to see how much those drivers had been drinking. Short of falling down drunk, there is no law against drinking and driving in Barbados.

As we said almost a year ago when we criticised the Thompson DLP government for doing nothing about the slaughter on our roads…

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 people who drink and drive.

Six dead at the Joes River tour bus crash, four more dead in the Emancipation Day crash and others. But in these and other serious crashes since, aside from an autopsy, Barbados Police have no way of proving how much an involved driver has been drinking.

That is because our government has been negligent in providing the legal structure and the equipment that the police need to protect us all.

… from the BFP article Barbados Bus Crash Injures 59 – Police Cannot Determine If Drivers Had Been Drinking

    Attorney General Stuart, Prime Minister Thompson, Transport Minister Boyce

Attorney General Stuart, Prime Minister Thompson, Transport Minister Boyce

Three Men Who Could Have Saved Lives But Chose Not To

Prime Minister David Thompson, Attorney General Freundel Stuart and Minister of Transportation John Boyce did nothing in the past nineteen months to introduce breathalyzer laws and equipment to Barbados, or to stop the drunken slaughter on our roads every weekend that kills outright or cripples people for life and destroys faces, families and livelihoods.

They have no reasonable excuse for not doing so.

Further Reading at Barbados Free Press

November 22, 2008: Barbados Bus Crash Injures 59 – Police Cannot Determine If Drivers Had Been Drinking

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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8 responses to “Which DLP Government Official wrote this Barbados Advocate Editorial? (or should we say “this DLP Advertisement”?)

  1. Mobutu

    The Caribbean is world famous for the relaxed, down-to-earth characteristics of its people. Barbados does not need the rigid, law-and-order mentality of “civilized” Western nations, where abusive, gun-toting police “own the streets” and have “checkpoints” outside nightclubs and along the roads to harass civilians and prevent young people from enjoying their lives. Those who are obsessed with “order” instead of freedom should go back to the UK, Canada, Germany, Switzerland or other “advanced” countries where they obviously belong.

  2. BFP

    Mobutu, the “freedom” to drive while drunk and kill people that you support and defend is generally a bad thing for any nation.

    I hope that your vision of our country and our current “freedom” to drive while intoxicated is never put to the test by personal or family circumstances.

  3. Rickey George

    Mobotu’s approach says something about how some people value the lives of others. You can have law and order with gun toting policing ‘owning’ the streets. In Barbados, you do have some clear law and order at major events but not necessarily related to drinking and driving (or drug taking). It may seem that there is no price to be paid for freedom, but tell that to those whose lives are wrecked by drunk or drugged drivers.

  4. Superdocious

    Fairly clear who is the BU editor.

  5. Superdocious

    What is it called, astroturfing?

  6. robin hood

    @ BFP

    Why do you think that breathalizer laws may never see the light of day in Barbados?

    Simply because those laws will convict some of the very people who help to have them passed. So do you think that our so called “leaders” will ever place something on the statute books that will very well prove to come back and haunt them later on. Same thing goes for ITAL!

  7. Hants

    Didn’t even need a breathalyzer for this moron.

    “OTTAWA – The former chairman of the Conservative caucus who was featured in anti-drug campaign ads is facing charges of cocaine possession and drunk driving.

    Former Edmonton MP Rahim Jaffer, husband of federal Tory cabinet minister Helena Guergis, was arrested in the wee hours of last Friday morning by Ontario Provincial Police in the village of Palgrave, north of Toronto.

    A police report indicated that the officer who stopped a speeding SUV at about 12:45 a.m. could smell alcohol on the breath of the driver.”

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