Thursday 2 July, 2020

Well-known driving instructor, Road Safety PRO passes away

(L-R) BRSA PRO Richard Cox and President Sharmane Roland-Bowen

(L-R) BRSA PRO Richard Cox and President Sharmane Roland-Bowen

An advocate for road safety in Barbados and a stickler for defensive driving training, Richard Cox has died.

Confirming his passing to Loop News around midday today, Tuesday, May 21, 2019, was President of the Barbados Road Safety Association (BRSA), Sharmane Roland-Bowen.

She said that she learned of his death this morning and it rocked her to her core because Cox was more than the Association's Public Relations Officer (PRO), he was her good friend, "a good source of support" and he was "like a father to me. He always had my back."

Teaching many to drive defensively through his School of Defensive Driving, he provided that father-figure role for many at one point or the other during their days of learning to drive.

Cox was 78 years old.

The President said, "He certainly will be missed by the Association and many others who were for road safety."

Cox was not only a long-standing member but he was an active member of the BRSA. She went on to say that he was a part of the Executive and "I hope his legacy can live on in and through those who heard him preach road safety, and I am truly sorry that he has not lived to see the breathalyzer test ever be enacted in Barbados.

"But we will continue to fight with all our means and efforts because we know that is what he would like."

Besides teaching safe driving and preaching safety on our roads, Cox also lived in England for an extended period of time in his past where he worked with the Metropolitan Police in their Traffic Department. With a sad smile, Roland-Bowen added, "He always used to talk about the work he did with them in England."

He was a father and a divorcĂ©. 

The BRSA extends condolences to the family of Richard Cox.

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