“More reflectors and higher barricades needed” – Morne residents

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“More reflectors and higher barricades needed” – Morne residents
The mini-bus which crashed on the Morne last night. Two persons sustained serious injuries.
The mini-bus which crashed on the Morne last night. Two persons sustained serious injuries.

Residents of the Morne, Castries are calling on authorities to provide more lights and reflectors or extend the barricades on the Old Victoria Road to lessen the chances of future accidents in the area.

This call comes in light of last night’s accident on the Morne, near Caribelle Batik, in which a mini-bus made hit a wall then hit a coconut tree which prevented it from rolling further down a hill.

One resident, who wish to remain anonymous, told St. Lucia News Online (SNO) that last night’s crash brings back memory of a similar accident a few years ago in which a car crashed into a house.

“It is not rocket science. The road is too narrow. Just imagine we used this as a highway before. Now there are houses everywhere and close to this main road… If another accident like this happens and people are hurt?” he questioned.

According to him, the area where the accident occurred has a “serious turn”, and if drivers are not careful they can end up like the mini-bus. The resident lamented that while the road is used for two-way traffic, it is difficult to accommodate several vehicles at one time because it is narrower than other roads.

He said when vehicles are parked on the side of the road and there is traffic on both lanes, it makes it difficult for traffic to flow smoothly.

However, the resident also believes that drivers need to exercise more caution when using the road.

“We don’t want to wait on somebody to die in an accident like that. So we need something to be done now,” he added.

Another resident expressed similar sentiments, saying that urgent attention should be paid to the issue. He noted that the road is more dangerous at night.

While, the area is not known to have many accidents, he said it is the responsibility of local officials to ensure safety for the traveling public and those living there.

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  1. There don't need higher barricades we need to fix the brains of those stupid drivers or rearrange their ignorance.

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  2. Precaution is better than cure,the road is narrow lets take our time we'll get there for heaven sake.

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  3. I have driven on this road on numerous occasions ,i must say drivers can be a little more cautious and drive slower.Let's face it all roads cannot be the same size to allow drivers especially mini buses do drive at the same speed.I have seen how fast they drive on this road as if on a highway.

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  4. Yes drivers should be more cautious but, as long as gov't officials don't traverse da route they won't see da urgency.

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  5. It is very simple.....drivers need to exercise more caution when driving....too many people seem to always be in a rush and have little or no regard for traffic rules. It is like they forget what they learnt at driving school and defensive driving. We as drivers need to take responsibility. Government or the traffic department should not be telling us that we need to slow down on our roads especially where the roads are narrower than the usual....it is common sense or is it that common sense is not as common as it should be?

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  6. The government has to be blamed, they have a failure for a traffic department. These officers tend to issue people tickets alot, but the same department don't pull people over for speeding. Review the traffic laws.

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    • Shouldn't that be responsibility of the Ministry of Infrasture, instead of the Traffic Dept?

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  7. I agree more reflectors needed on some of our roads. We need more especially in the south even speed bumps would help too

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