Barbados has no breathalyzer law
On Sunday afternoon, Errol Briggs walked across Spring Garden Highway from the beach and was struck by a vehicle driven by Preston Parris. Mr. Briggs was taken to the Queen Elizabeth Hospital but was found to be dead upon arrival.
The gruesome photo published in the Barbados Advocate (see above) shows the rear window of the Parris auto smashed out with blood covering the rear of the car and running onto the road. It must have been some impact and such that (hopefully) Mr. Briggs did not suffer.
The driver, Preston Parris, no doubt feels horrible as anyone would – but had this accident happened in the UK, Mr. Parris may have been required to take a breathalyzer test to see how much, if anything, he had been drinking.
Not so in Barbados.
Third world standards… Third world country
For almost five years Barbados Free Press and other responsible citizens have been calling for the implementation of breathalyzer laws to reduce the slaughter on our roads. During that time we have seen dozens of road deaths – including mass deaths on public vehicles – where our police officers do not have the equipment nor the authority to determine if the involved drivers had been drinking and to what extent. Under the current laws, unless a driver is a fall-down-drunk there is nothing the police can do.
Police Commissioner Dottin himself has often pointed out that we lose far more people to traffic deaths than murder, yet our elected government officials continue to ignore the slaughter.
Over the years the politicians have talked, postured and talked some more about how important breathalyzers are to curtail the road deaths. But talk is all they know.
The slaughter continues and our good police officers have been left without the laws and the tools they should have to protect us all.