Call to get tough with road hogs


Added 25 December 2012


Claiming that it was too easy to obtain a driver’s licence in Barbados “and even easier to keep one”, the president of the Barbados Road Safety Association has called for drastic measures to curb escalating road deaths. Sharmaine Roland-Bowen made a plea for stiffer penalties against offenders involved in road accidents, adding that it was about time the courts, insurance companies and Government played an even greater role in ensuring that the island’s roadways were kept safe. So far for the year there have been 27 road deaths, five of them involving motorcyclists. For 2011 there were 22 road deaths recorded. The latest road deaths included three people – a four-month-old infant and two teenagers. They were among five Durants Village, St James residents travelling in a car when it collided with a minibus along Gibbes Road, Mullins, St Peter, on Sunday. (MM)


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