16 DEAD: Number of road fatalities a “major concern”

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16 DEAD: Number of road fatalities a “major concern”
Stephen Regan, the latest road fatality victim.
Stephen Regan, the latest road fatality victim.

Police have recorded 16 fatalities from 14 road accidents to date.

Assistant Superintendent of Police Adolphus Herbert, attached to the traffic department, told St Lucia News Online (SNO) in an exclusive interview yesterday, September 8 that the figure is a definite concern for the department and the country.

Relating to the most recent road fatality where a cyclist was killed by a truck, Herbert said the incident is an unfortunate one. He however noted that there are regulations that govern the use of bicycles at nights.

He explained that traversing the roadways with bicycles after 7 p.m. is not only unlawful, but puts motorist at risk.

Herbert said: “You must have lights attached and reflectors to the back of the bike if you have to ride it at night. Most persons do not adhere to that which many times lead to accidents on the roadways.”

The assistant superintendent said the increase in road fatalities is mostly as result of careless driving, negligence and ignorance of the law, speeding, and in some cases, driving under the influence of alcohol (DUI).

“We can tell people how to behave, but when they get behind the wheel it’s a total different behaviour. Most persons tend not to adhere to the rule and regulations of the road and it’s a concern,” Herbert added.

When asked to comment on the reported DUI cases, Herbert said it’s a very touchy issue and a tedious process. He said the department would usually confirm cases of DUI through blood and urine samples at any medical centres.

However, the senior police explained that there have been a setback in the proper execution of these cases due to some problems encountered at the medical institution. “We are working to remedy that issue at the medical centres, but it’s a work in progress.”

Herbert has advised persons to exercise caution when using the road ways. “We keep on reiterating to persons to don’t drink and drive, you don’t drive for yourself, you drive for others and you must adhere to the road regulations.”

Commuters are asked to follow the rules governing the road ways by driving within speed limits of 55 miles per hour (Mph) on the major highways and 35 mph within any community.

Drivers are also advised to stay within 20-30 feet away from the vehicle in front; attempts to overtake other vehicle at street corners or intersections are strictly prohibited.

Stephen Joseph and known as Regan of Bexon is the most recent road fatality victim.

It was reported that the accident involved a wrecker trailer driven by Omega Ettiene of La Grace, Laborie and the pedal cyclist on Sunday, September 7 on the Bexon Highway, near the Deglos Gap, at about 7: 20 p.m.

As a result of the impact, Joseph sustained serious injuries and was transported to Victoria Hospital where he was pronounced dead on arrival.

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  1. can we please implement speed bumps or sleeping police on st lucia roads ways to control that from not happening please i beg o

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  2. I see a gold mine within the traffic department if the traffic laws were to be enforced. There is so much lawlessness in the country that it has become a way of life. Traffic don't stop for blinking red lights, do not slow down for yellow lights, and hardly stop on red. We see so many vehicles without functioning lights even police vehicles. Drunk drivers are too numerous to count. Speeding and untimely overtaking is suicidal. Who is responsible for the safety of the people?

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  3. Idiot in your previous comment u said (they well taking their time) what does that make u any better a driver... stop be patient let them cross..If the light changes from amber to green before their are done crossing U AND ALL OTHER DRIVERS INCLUDING ME HAVE TO STOP AND WAIT UNTIL THERE DONE CROSSING ..IDIOT NOW GO BACK AND READ THE SAME CODE AND BE SURE U UNDERSTAND WHAT IT SAYS ...

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    • asshole the pedestrian crossing is a place for pedestrians to cross and get out of the road so traffic can flow it is not a liming spot and i never said i dont or am not patient and dont wait till they cross yes you have to wait untill they have finished crossed but some of the pedestrians stroll like they own the road that is the point am trying to get across and i was not referring to any crossing with lights a crossing with lights is totally different so since your father make the road and rules and regulations you can do what you want and say what you want i want to see you go somewhere overseas with that crap mentality i own the road shit for you to get run down

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  4. E.w u are such an idiot please educate yourself Moran. ..pedestrians always have the right over all vechiles at a cross walk or pedestrian crossing stop making excuses for being such a dumb ass...

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    • brother go back to drivers school and read the high way code and see what the instruction and instructor says the pedestrian has to wait on the pedsetrian crossing when a vehicle is approaching so that the vehicle can stop to give the pedestrian the right of way to cross am guessing you are one of those fools that just cross on a crossing regardless of what speed the vehicle has before it can stop to let you pass or maybe you dont have a license or you bought yours

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    • so because you think you have a right of way over vehicles you think you can just cross kabuit what if the driver is on the verge of the crossing and you just cross whats going to happen you going to get hit makak you thats the moron and need to educate your self from being a dumb ass

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    • no wonder there are so many incidents with pedestrians being hit cause is mad and crazy fowls like you with your ridiculous "well knock me uh attitude" that causing them

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  5. What does good road and proper highways have to do with preventing one from drinking and driving and losing control behind to wheel......gosh!!

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  6. they advising motorist how to drive but they not advising the pedestrians how to use the road . most lucians dont even know how to use a pedestrian crossing properly they just crossing on the crossing, they refuse to let the vehicle stop for them to cross and when they do cross you swear they have chikungunya they taking their time and strolling how slow as if they are old people

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  7. There should never be a residential area so close to a highway.Case Closed.And I heard some people talking about putting speed bumps, thats definitely not feasible!

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  8. Always after the tradegies. Maybe now they will stop people who do not use walkovers or the pedestrian crossings on the highway. And will stop kids from riding horses with no adult supervision especially on the beach. We speak after something bad happens and the conversation dies out until...

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  9. Whats the point in having laws, When they are not being enforced? If an example is made out of someone who breaks the law then others eill think twice. Simple

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  10. Officers need radar guns and breathalyzers but the govt not buying them and these things will pay for them selves in the long run. A country with no vision.

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    • Yes, they should get radar guns to man roads where it's very difficult finding a straight stretch of road which is a mile long. Radar detects do not work around corners. Then with all the traffic on the small highway, how are you going to pin-point which vehicle is speeding if they're all in a line? The accidents which occurs where a pedestrian is hit, majority of the time the pedestian is the one in or on the roadway. A lot of Bexon people prefer to walk on the road or on the edge of the road. Think about this; when was the last time a vehicle left the road and hit someone who was using the area beside the road? I can't remember myself.

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