The President of the National Council on Public Transportation (NCOPT) believes that Saint Lucia needs strong enforcement of traffic laws in addition to a national road safety campaign announced by Transport Minister Stephenson King amid a spate of road accidents.
Godfrey Ferdinand believes the enforcement should include revoking the licences of delinquent drivers.
“What we need is real strong enforcement in this country in terms of traffic rules and regulations and I also believe that the police need to be equipped properly to address some of these issues like speed guns, breathalysers,” Ferdinand told reporters on Tuesday.
In addition, the NCOPT President stressed the need for regular police checks, declaring that no one solution would address the situation of road accidents.
“We also need to start suspending some licences, start revoking some licences because some of the guys drive dangerously on the road and go Scot-free. So if there is proper enforcement, we’ve got all the equipment, the police are properly equipped then we can curb on some of the road fatalities and some of the recklessness happening on our roads,” Ferdinand asserted.
He also spoke of the need to address some of the current poor road conditions and provide proper signage.
At the same time, Ferdinand emphasised that people must take personal responsibility and be careful on the roads.