35 bus passengers injured but police did not test drivers for drinking or drugs
In the last week Barbados Free Press received several emails and comments from different (anonymous or unconfirmed) readers claiming that one of the bus drivers of the April 6, 2010 Market Hill bus vs bus accident had been out drinking the night before and may have still been hung over at the time of the accident.
Two of the readers provided the same name of this “hung over” driver. One reader stated that they were sure that the police investigating the accident knew the driver still smelled of drink from the night before but it was decided that the driver wasn’t drunk enough to charge under the current law. That reader also provided the name of one of the police officers who is involved in the accident investigation and said that the police desperately wish they had breathalyzer equipment and appropriate laws for situations just like this.
Standpipe rumour or fact?
Barbados Free Press often receives “rumours” from anonymous readers, most of whom are just trying to relate what they have heard or seen. Sometimes, however, folks send us information where they might have a political or other agenda, or perhaps they are just trying to create mischief. It is often difficult for us or anyone to tell the difference especially if the mis-information is mixed in with a good dose of proven facts.
But unknown agendas by anonymous or known sources have always been part of the challenge of publishing news. (Just ask Reuters, the LA Times or the New York Times!) The good thing about the blogs is that once something is published the entire community becomes a resource and knowledge base.
So what’s the story folks? Can anyone confirm or deny these rumours?
And PLEASE – do NOT identify which driver you’ve heard was drinking because we shall remove all such comments.