NADS notes a decline in the quality of proper road signage

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NADS notes a decline in the quality of proper road signage

PRESS STATEMENT – The National Association of Driving Schools (N.A.D.S) would like to educate the public and hope by in so doing change how traffic management and road safety is handled in St.Lucia.

All over the world the institution that is responsible for proper road usage is the ministry of transportation.

Though they may not be constructing the roads, once a public road is built, the Ministry of Transportation is responsible for the proper use of that road to ensure road safety. Their responsibilities include and are not limited to the following:

– proper road surface markings
– proper reflective road signs
– road calming measures such as speed humps
– rules and regulations as to how the roads should be utilized by all road users

In recent times this responsibility has been moved from the ministry of transport which was overseen by the chief transport officer, to the ministry of infrastructure. As a result we have noticed a decline in the quality of proper road signage.

We shall name a few and hope to see these matters addressed in the soonest possible time.

1. In the entrance to Beau-se-jour Gros-Islet phase two there is a sign which states maximum speed limit 30 mph.
We would like to remind the ministry of infrastructure that the speed limit for residential areas is 20 mph. This is so because in residential areas there are residents using that road and a vehicle coming into contact with someone at 30mph will be fatal.

2. On the John Compton high way: near the entrance leading to North West, it is highly dangerous for vehicles to be crossing 2 lanes of traffic to enter or exit Northwest.

The ministry of infrastructure placed a double white line there to state you can’t cross. But the rules of the highway code states the following:

“Highway code rule #129
Double white lines where the line nearest you is solid. This means you MUST NOT cross or straddle it unless it is safe and you need to enter adjoining premises or a side road. You may cross the line if necessary, provided the road is clear, to pass a stationary vehicle, or overtake a pedal cycle, horse or road maintenance vehicle, if they are travelling at 10 mph (16 km/h) or less.”

The proper road marking to be placed in that area and by St. James Club Choc is know as Diagonal Hatching or Chevron.

It means you can’t cross that line. You treat it as a wall. It’s two continous lines with diagonal lines in between.

3. The road ends / no through road sign at the Bois-D-Orange bypass entrance heading northbound.
Only 3 years ago, January 4th 2014, a man died in a fatal vehicular crash when the S.U.V he was driving ran into the back of a parked container which was placed on the road.

There was no sign there which meant road ends/ no through road.

This man was a St. Lucian national who lived in Australia and came to St. Lucia on vacation. He was totally unaware of the construction taking place and the lack of proper signage, reflectors and proper lighting contributed to his demise.

Right now, there should be a no entry sign in that area ⛔

Our members have seen a few visitors driving straight through this sign heading north.

Road signs are a universal language that should be understood by all road users. Having necessary signs will contribute to smooth traffic flow and continued safety.

Kingson Jean.
P.R.O

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  1. This same Organisation blocked the road to the ministry of transportation and protested during the SLP administration.

    They have been actively advocating with out bias to administration. They have a right to agitate in such a way as they have mentioned before that they don't get responses from the ministry. The last instance they had been emailing , and dropping off letters to the ministerial and parliamentary offices for 6 months but never received any acknowledgment from Guy Joseph till they threatened to protest.

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  2. Is it not dangerous also to exit and enter L'Anse Road from the Highway. Two lanes of traffic are also being traversed. Can a sign not also be placed there. FURTHER MORE why not establish a round about near the Vigie field to aid in traffic flow from the Vigie intersection?

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  3. You know what else is in decline? The interest of keeping the island clean, the accumulation of garbage on our highways and bi-way are disgustingly shameful...wheres the damn pride ppl? We have people...traveling great distances to invest... Relax...unwind...becoming a citizen on this sweet little rock we call home! Be proud...we have paradise an arms length away...how do you see it fit to toss your waste out the window...we ought to fine any passenger caught litering....no shame.

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    • Funny thing really. Only when UWP in power they can criticise yet the accepted the same thing from Kenny.

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    • @Dp shut up fool! At least they're sharing knowledge! It is for the betterment of the Island. Stop making idiotic comments mal chien!

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