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Letter: Reckless driving in Grenada is ruining too many lives
Published on August 22, 2017 Email To Friend    Print Version

Dear Sir:

Reckless driving in Grenada is highly dangerous; it’s about time to stop prioritizing speed over safety. Some drivers, especially bus drivers are going at speeds that defy belief, and such drivers are the cause of grave accidents, which inevitably results in death. Recently, the driving by a young man whose alias was “Iguana” was himself a victim, on that fateful day was reckless and highly dangerous, and sadly resulted in his untimely death. His family is understandably distraught by what had happened.

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The foolishness of some drivers in Grenada is beyond belief. Many people are not driving fast, but sometimes you can become a victim of something you can’t control, you may be in another person’s vehicle, and you just don’t know what will happen.

Reckless driving should be considered as a major moving traffic violation and should be punishable by heavy fines or driver’s license suspension. Too many drivers in Grenada, are displaying a wanton disregard for the rules of the road.

We can’t continue like this, too many of our citizens were either injured or killed in vehicular accidents over the past years in Grenada, that include drivers, pedestrians, passengers. These are people who were going about their everyday life, who suddenly found themselves in unpredictable circumstances that changed their lives forever, and that’s those who were fortunate enough to survive.

One death is too many, a pedestrian, a passenger hurt or injured, by someone driving a vehicle is also too many. The accidents on our streets are preventable. Roads in Grenada are not safe; the government must improve the safety on our streets, because it is a public health crisis. They must recognize the complexity and severity of the problem, and work to develop real solutions to prevent these avoidable deaths in Grenada. Not just with words, but actions

The government must crack down on reckless and dangerous driving, Tough punishment should be handed down to speeding motorists who cause death by accidents by speeding. Anyone who caused the death of another person, while under the influence of alcohol or drugs should also be heavily penalized. The punishment must fit the crime, although it’s impossible to compensate for the death of a loved one.

The government must send a clear message: “If you drive dangerously and kill on our roads, your punishment will be great.” The minister of justice and the minister of transportation have some serious work to do.

Grenada roads are not designed for unsafe speeds. It is critical that the minister of transportation and government understands this disturbing trend in vehicular speeding accidents and work to aggressively implement effective countermeasures. Citizens who drives any vehicle carelessly and heedlessly in wanton disregard for the rights or safety of persons or property, or without due caution and at a speed or in a manner so as to endanger or be likely to endanger any person or property, shall be guilty of reckless driving.

The people of Grenada are calling on the government and those in charge of road safety in Grenada, for change saying “There is nothing careless about taking someone else’s life, we need new proposals mister prime minister:

These reckless drivers are ruining lives. Their actions are causing immeasurable pain to families, why should families have to endure tragic and unnecessary losses of loved ones? Aren’t traffic laws designed to protect all road users from danger in Grenada, Carriacou and Petit Martinique?

We also need proper awareness to make people aware of the consequences of reckless driving and a constant reminder of the consequences of their behaviour on the road. Better driver education, harsher fines and increased black points, would help to reduce speed to some extent, and the best option would be to have more police vehicles to pull speeding drivers over and arrest lawbreakers. That’s one definite way to convince drivers to obey the law. The more serious offenders are also required to undergo community service work as a substitute for imprisonment or complete loss of driver’s licence.

Effective measures must be put in place to discourage and punish offenders. The government long-term goal should be to achieve zero fatalities on the road.

What causes accidents?

Driving While Intoxicated (DWI)
Speeding
Distracted drivers
Driving too fast in bad weather condition
Reckless driving
Failure to yield the right of way

Helen Grenade
 
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