A proven track record of all talk, no action on cell phone driving ban
For the fifth time in the last four years a Barbados government Minister has announced the intention to ban the use of cell phones while driving. Such a law would make sense, save lives and generally encourage all-round safer driving in Barbados.
Yup, the law made sense and had general public support when proposed talked about at press conferences by Ministers of Government in 2005, 2006, 2007, 2009 and still makes sense in 2010. (We couldn’t find any politician talking about it 2008 but maybe we missed it.)
Barbados Free Press first reported on the cell phone driving ban over four years ago in our July 25, 2006 article Barbados Government To Ban Cell Phones While Driving. Then the new law was going before Parliament that very afternoon in 2006 – or so said the Minister of Transport. And we heard more of the same for the next four years.
So you’ll have to forgive us for not believing Minister Boyce this time. Government credibility on this issue for both DLP and BLP is shot.
Minister Boyce, please don’t bother with any further musing about a cell phone ban for drivers or talk about implementing modern drinking and driving laws because along with integrity legislation, freedom of information, environmental legislation, 2/3 majority for re-zoning agricultural land and so many other important promises – government words on these subjects are proven to mean nothing.
It has come to the point where the only thing we’ll respect and pay attention to on cell phones and breathalysers is action.
Action and performance, Minister Boyce… or sit down and stay quiet.
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Aug 22/10 Nation News: Safety group for cell ban
Aug 21/10 Nation News: Editorial – Cell phone ban a good call
Aug 19/10 Barbados Advocate: Cell phone ban coming
Aug 19/10 Nation: Plan to curb drivers’ cell phone use