Cop’s cure for racing
THE TIME HAS possibly come to institute remedial drivers’ training as part of alternative punishments meted out to offending drivers who appear in the Bridgetown Traffic Court.
This suggestion was put forward by head of the Police Force’s Traffic Division, Inspector Leon Blades, as the Bridgetown court witnessed one of its largest call days in recent times.
Drivers who put “pedal to the metal” were hauled before the court and each offender who pleaded guilty was made to part with money immediately. The fines ranged from $150 to $500.
The offenders ranged from first-time offenders to those who had prior speeding convictions; from a teenager who has had his driver’s licence for only two years and who was caught driving at 117 kilometres per hour, to men who have been licence holders for at least a decade. One man reached a top speed of 153 kph.
In all, $8 050 in fines was collected yesterday and the speedsters were caught on the Barrow Section of the ABC Highway.
Speaking against the background of these offences and the recent fatal accidents, Blades, who sat in for part of the call day, told the WEEKEND NATION the message that speeding could cost lives was slowly getting through to the driving public.
However, he noted there was still too much aggressive driving on the roads.
“Maybe there is a need for remedial training for those persons who are brought before the court as an alternative sentence. Perhaps it is necessary in this Decade Of Road Safety for something like this to educate people.”
The top traffic cop pointed not only to the number of vehicles on the road, but to the power of some vehicles.
“The force is concerned about the lawlessness and speed on the roads during the night and day, and we want drivers to realize the faster you go, the harder you hit and there is the likelihood that you can take your own life or others,” he said.