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Trinidad & Tobago implements Breathalyzer law – Barbados government fails to protect citizens from drunken driving

Trinidad & Tobago roads just became safer thanks to new breathalyzer laws and equipment that will allow T&T police to scientifically test drivers for sobriety. Like all new laws and procedures, it will probably take some time to iron out the wrinkles but the police will be out in force with the breathalyzers in time for Christmas. (see T&T Express article Drunks Beware)

Barbados Free Press has been pushing for a breathalyzer law for coming up on four years now. During that four years, successive governments and Ministers promised a dozen times but delivered nothing – including the latest promise a few weeks ago.

After almost two years 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.

In the last four 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.

Another senseless road death with Barbados Police unable to breathalizer test for drunken driving

Another fatal accident with no sobriety test for the driver

One cyclist was killed and five others were injured when they were struck by an auto driven by Tremaine Sargeant along Lowlands, Christ Church at about 5:30am Saturday morning. (Nation News: 1 dead, 5 injured)

Dead is Percival Niles of Newton, Christ Church. Husband, father of two children.

Barbados Police were unable to test the sobriety of the driver of the car that struck Mr. Niles because Barbados does not have modern anti-drinking and driving laws.

Because no Barbados government in the last 43 years cared enough about road safety and the safety of citizens to actually do something about drunken driving.

A simple truth.

(Photo courtesy of Nation News)

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