Friday 17 January, 2020

BWU: Stop using the roads for recklessness

The Barbados Workers’ Union (BWU) is reminding Barbadians to take caution when driving on the nation’s roads since traffic accidents and deaths are extremely costly, not only in regard to the emotional shock and financial burdens, which are imposed on the families and the friends of those who are injured and or killed, but also to the national economy.

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The BWU says the news clippings about accidents, whether vehicular, or worksite, which show the police, fire service and ambulance personnel in action, only represent the tip of the iceberg, since there are far weightier outcomes. 

Orlando 'Gabby' Scott, Senior Assistant General Secretary says when pressure is placed on the police, the ambulance service, and the hospital, in addition to the costs of medical services, insurance and the loss of earnings to the individuals, their families and their workplaces, these accidents can run the economy down.

Noting that some 28 deaths were recorded on the streets of Barbados in the year 2017, when compared to 10 in the year 2016, the Union says:

“Notwithstanding the daily appeals for order on the streets by the Police, the Ministry of Transport and road safety associations, one cannot but decry the reckless approach adopted by some motorists who drive at high speeds, not only on the highways, but in housing developments and villages where one would expect children to be engaged in play and senior citizens in recreation.”

They asserted that those who use the highways "as a circus for displaying stunts" that they may not only be breaking the law and endangering their own lives, but that they may also be putting at risk the lives of others, in addition to making themselves a public nuisance.

It is within this light that the Union has issued an appeal for 2018, for greater sensitivity by the drivers of private motor vehicles, motorcyclists as well as those who ply their trade on the streets, whether they are the drivers of public service vehicles, vans used by food vendors, or delivery vans. 

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