Updated: July 30, 2012 – Elma Moore dies in vehicle accident.
Another weekend, another motor vehicle accident death. Elma Moore died on Saturday night.
It’s Crop Over: people die because of the drinking and partying. No big deal to a DLP government who promised and failed to implement breathalizer testing and dedicated anti-drunk driving laws.
Elma Moore died in a three-car accident. There was no breathalizer to enable the police to determine if anyone had been drinking to any extent, and certainly no way of knowing if any of the involved drivers is a practiced alcoholic: smashed but able to appear sober. Only a breathalizer can tell if a driver has been drinking and to what extent: visual observations are not enough especially when dealing with practiced drunks.
Elma Moore is dead.
Some politician will talk the talk about being more careful when driving during Crop-over, but as far as implementing the promised breathalizer laws: like the BLP government before it, the DLP government lied. At BFP we’ve been writing this same article over and over again for seven years and through a host of Attorneys General who couldn’t care less about drunk driving fatalities.
Welcome to our tourist friends from the UK. You have about a 240% greater chance of death from a motor vehicle accident in Barbados than back home.
Enjoy your stay.
Original article published December 7, 2010…
Barbados Police have no breathalizer laws to keep us safe.
Politicians and the rum and beer industry like it that way.
Another day, another horrific traffic accident with lives, faces and families ruined. You’re looking at what’s left of one of the two vans that collided in Arch Hall yesterday. Five people are in the hospital – at least two with “serious” injuries.
And, once again, our Royal Barbados Police Force cannot complete a professional accident investigation because we have no laws giving them power to demand tests to see how much the drivers had been drinking.
Successive Barbados governments promised to pass modern anti-drunk driving laws for decades but they lied and the carnage continues. Visitors from the United Kingdom have a 240% higher chance of being killed in a motor vehicle accident in Barbados than back at home.
Our culture embraces drinking and driving and, in the absence of an accident, a drinking driver is more likely to be viewed with humour rather than with concern.
Tourism and the Rum Industry don’t want to interfere with the party
We have to wonder how much the reluctance to pass anti-drinking driving laws has to do with the alcoholic beverage and tourism industries in Barbados. How much is given to political parties by those whose profits might be harmed by modern breathalyzer laws? How many people have died to keep the profits up?
Could it be that the reason our corrupt and uncaring politicians won’t pass modern laws is because the tourism and rum industries don’t want to stop the partying?
Our thanks to Barbados Today for the photo and their excellent coverage of major vehicle accidents. Barbados Today is doing their part to focus public attention on the slaughter happening on our roads.