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Health and Transport Ministers no-show at World Day of Remembrance for Traffic Victims

Barbados still without breathalyzer laws

Transport Minister John Boyce – Zero action on breathalyzers, road safety laws.

Health Minister Donville Inniss and Transport Minister John Boyce continue to send a big message to the Barbados Road Safety Association and all Bajans. That message is that the Ministers and their staff members don’t care about the deaths and ruined lives that happen because our governments have failed to implement modern anti-drunk driving laws and testing equipment.

The Ministers’ “I couldn’t care less” attitude to traffic deaths and injuries was again reinforced by their failure to show up at the World Day of Remembrance for Traffic Victims memorial service. Inniss and Boyce and the Ministry personnel didn’t even bother to respond to the invitations.

Given how important our tourism industry is to our economy, and how tourist safety is a big factor in destination choice, one would have hoped that our government would act to reverse the slaughter on our roads. After all, Barbados road deaths happen at a rate 240% greater than in the UK.

“I am very disappointed that both ministers did not feel the need to have an authoritative figure at two very special events. This is their people; it is our brothers and sisters that have been killed on the road. The families of these people are still hurting.”

… President of the Road Safety Association, Sharmaine Roland-Bowen, quoted in The Nation Absence noted

Further Reading

Links to past BFP stories about the need for breathalyzer laws

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Another road death: Barbados Police cannot test if school bus driver had been drinking

What is the likelihood that the driver of a bus carrying 46 students was hung-over from a late night drinking session? Your guess is as good as mine, and as good as the guess of the police officers who investigated a fatal collision on Friday morning.

How much the bus driver had been drinking the night before, if anything at all, will remain a guess because both DLP and BLP governments in their time promised to implement breathalyzer equipment and legislation, but did not do so. Our police therefore have no law allowing them to administer a breath test to drivers involved in serious collisions. Third rate. Third world.

After at least 15 years of broken promises, we have to conclude that our politicians don’t want effective anti-drunk driving laws on the books.

Here are a few of our previous stories on this topic. Have a read and ask yourself how the DLP differs from the BLP when it comes to minding the safety of our children as they travel to school each morning…

November 28, 2010: Barbados road deaths: 240% higher rate than UK

December 29, 2009: Another Drinking Driver gets off easy because Barbados Police lack Breathalyzers

Full list of BFP’s Breathalyzer news stories

Photo courtesy of Barbados Today

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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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