Another Drinking Driver gets off easy because Barbados Police lack Breathalyzers

Attorney General Stuart, Prime Minister Thompson, Transport Minister Boyce

Hit & Run, Drinking Driver fined only $750 for Second Offense

Thanks to successive BLP and DLP governments’ neglect of road safety and their failure to implement breathalyzer laws and equipment, Awadh Narayn Inder was fined only $750 for a hit and run accident on Christmas Eve. Oh… it’s Inder’s second offense.

The arresting police officer stated that Inder was “under the influence” but unfortunately, you know how it is in Barbados. Unless a driver is falling down drunk the police have no recourse because unlike other countries that implement anti-drinking driving measures, in Barbados it’s okay to drink and drive if you can still stand up.

Everyone knows that a drinking driver can look okay and still be dangerous, but in Barbados without breathalyzer laws and equipment the standard for sobriety is “He can stand up on his own.”

What a joke…

The judge warned Inder to “stop drinking and driving” – a hollow threat if ever we’ve heard one. Not that Inder cares: this is the second time he’s been caught. In some places in the USA, Britain or Canada he’d be in jail, his car would be sold at auction and he’d be prohibited from driving for three years or more.

In Barbados with no effective laws and our cultural acceptance of drinking and driving, Mr. Inder and folks like him are barely inconvenienced by getting drunk, running into someone and driving away and hiding. Even when caught the second time the penalty is nothing to be frightened of, so pass the bottle and to hell with the police and the courts.

To Owen Arthur, Mia Mottley, David Thompson and a series of Attorneys General: the victims and the families of the dead and injured say “Thanks for nothing.”

Today’s Drinking Driver: Awadh Narayn Inder

Here’s the story from The Nation newspaper…

AFTER Awadh Narayn Inder hit a car on Tweedside Road, St Michael, on Christmas Eve he did not stop to inspect the damage, exchange numbers with the other driver, or call the police.

Instead, the 33-year-old labourer, of Sobers Lane, St Michael, bolted from the scene and got as far as the Belle Estate, where he parked the car in a dark spot trying to elude the driver who pursued him.

Appearing before Acting Magistrate Laurie-Ann Smith-Bovell in the Bridgetown Traffic Court yesterday, Inder admitted that he unlawfully drove vehicle X8322 on Tweedside Road without due care and attention.

She slapped Inder with a $750 fine payable in six weeks, or 14 days in HMP Dodds, and warned him to “stop drinking and driving”…

… continue reading this article at The Nation Fined $750 for hit-and-run

Further Reading at BFP

Barbados Health Minister Donville Inniss: Breathalyzer Law & Equipment not necessary

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

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15 responses to “Another Drinking Driver gets off easy because Barbados Police lack Breathalyzers

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  2. reality check

    second offense of hit and run equals jail time just about anywhere else.

  3. Johnny Postle

    NOT IN BARBADOS. NO BIG SHOT SON OR DAUGHTER AIN’T GET DEAD YET

  4. True Lies

    Three years ago l had a minor car incident in Holetown…the gentleman driving the car that hit me was obviously out lime’n…the police officer watching the accident would not press charges…even though the man had to lean on his car while being questioned..(Local)..the end run was, l (Tourist) told the officer spent the next three days of my holiday in the police station, fixing my families car & to top it off l was sued by the guy one year later for his damages….really nice Banana Republic…have not returned since

  5. Lady Anon

    This sentence was way too lenient, taking into consideration that 1) he left the scene of an accident 2) he tried to hide the vehicle in the Belle and his two passengers were hiding in the bush.

  6. No Law Enforcement agency should be without breathalyzers. No country should be without serious drinking and drinking laws.

  7. anonymous 165

    Trinidad now uses breathalyzers. The bill was passed and now it’s being enforced.

  8. Sir Wet

    I think that a level headed rational persons does not need laws to dictate his behaviour but the truth of the matter is that too many of us fall out of that group when it come to drinking. It stands to reason that we therefore need to be policed and I think that we should give our protective services all they need to perform their duties but more importantly we need to start training our children and youth in problem solving and reasoning skills to enable them to make rational decisions. The need to resort to our protective services should be our last option but in the mean time that is where we are at now. We must not forget – public services misbehaviour and divers still driving after having over 50 tickets and our charges, overloading inclusive of the Transport Board and other serious road usage issues.
    Bring the breathalyzers.
    Let us do it in 2010 – Barbados.

  9. Love

    Wait a minute Anonymous….while the Bill has become Law in Trinidad….

    Take a read of the story below and see how you could beat it !

    http://www.newsday.co.tt/news/0,113052.html

  10. the value of human life

    One can judge the integrity of a country by how they value and protect innocent human lives.

    Barbadian politicians obviously do not give these innocent people any priority in the scheme of things.

    The wrongdoers literally continue to get away with murder.

    Any promises made just before an election can be discounted by the voters, as the DLP and BLP have had years to implement real change.

  11. Anonymous

    To Love who gave the Newsday link, I am aware of that case. The minister did come on TV and say that there were glitches in that the officers need to act fast; but the point is that finally Trinidad is going to be doing something about drunk driving. I am quite sure in fact they will not delay their actions, in fact, the public has been reassured that this will not occur in 2010 and I am also positive that people will now get more responsible with regards to drinking and driving or at least think twice before getting behind the wheel. The police commissioner has also stated that they will be outside clubs and even more vigilant during the carnival season, so at least its a start in a positive direction. There was a glitch but I am quite sure that once they understand the nature of the test they will improve. The point is Trinidad is finally doing something about DUI drivers. Other C’bbean islands should act quickly!

  12. Saying Nuttin

    Don’t blame the lack of a law. Blame the judges who don’t understand that they are the protectors of Society.

    Hit and Run
    2nd offense
    fully understood what he was doing as evidenced by the attempt to hide in the Belle
    lying to the court because if he thought the situation could have escalated into violence why run to a dark place like the Belle where there would be no witnesses to violence.

    He should have been fined at least $5,000; license suspended for 5 years and placed on probation for 7 years and required to do extensive community service failing which a 3 yr jail term would be imposed. that would have been appropriate punishment and a message to society. People get fined $75o for speeding or not wearing a seatbelt or carrying excess passengers. this was much worse.

  13. Sir Wet

    I agree with the point that the sentences imposed are not seen as a deterrent to many but is the system/law also not to blame?
    E.g. a Public Service driver can brag of having 200 charges and still be allowed to drive something more than a donkey or box cart. It takes too long for some matters to come before a judge we need to laws amended to automatically flag a repeat offender, notify the insurance companies and after a certain number of offenses any driver get a suspension. Drivers of public service and commercial vehicles should be required to obtain a certificate of clearance related to his driving record. Repeat offenders should also have to undergo psychological evaluations the same way that an older person should have a medical. We do not want a crazy owing or having use of a gun we should do the same for motor vehicles on our roads.
    These work if the relevant laws are in place and enforced in a timely and equatable manner.
    Justice delayed is justice denied or at the very least ‘watered down’ thereby less effective in bring about behaviour change.

  14. sober now

    To Owen Arthur, Mia Mottley, David Thompson and a series of Attorneys General: the victims and the families of the dead and injured say “Thanks for nothing.”

    LEt me add my wholehearted agreement with the above statement. Our governments have not seen fit to make laws stopping drunk driving. It is a disgrace. Why did Barbados bother to buy breathalizer testing machines that sit on the shelf because there are no laws for the machines’ use?

    Disgusting

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