Doctor Marcus Day:Too many people drinking and driving

Doctor Marcus Day, the Director of the  Saint Lucia based Caribbean Drug and Alcohol Research Institute (CDARI)), believes that the number of people driving under the influence of alcohol is reflected in the number of road accidents being recorded.

“I think that there are a number of accidents that we cannot attribute a cause to and I think that alcohol is one of those factors,” Day told the Times.

He said he did not think that Saint Lucia has the data and as a result needs to collect it.

According to Doctor Marcus Day, the police are hampered by existing legislation.

The CDARI Director told the Times that this country has no legislation entitling the police to use breathalyzers.

He explained that the current legislation calls for drawing blood to determine blood alcohol levels.

“This means you have to take the driver to Victoria Hospital or some other health facility and even more important is the chain of custody of that blood and the results before it goes to trial,” Day observed.

He noted that there is a lot in the legislation that needs correcting.

The CDARI Director called for both a change in the legislation and education.

“I think that we need public education – we need to change the attitude of people that driving under the influence of alcohol is acceptable.” Day declared.

He told the Times that he has been working in his field for twenty-five years.

Day revealed that during that time, he has heard a number of stories from police officers who have pulled over people of “status”, including persons in government, lawyers and judges who were under the influence.

He said according to the information he obtained, those persons were not charged  but taken home because of their status in the society.

“It is very difficult to press these kinds of laws in a society that is so closely knit,” the CDARI Director asserted.

He said:

“I think we need to change the legislation and apply it indiscriminately and start educating people that it is unacceptable to drive under the influence of alcohol.”


  1. Anonymous
    July 19, 2016 at 9:19 am

    Well said dr!

  2. Kim Dauvergne
    July 19, 2016 at 9:36 am

    I totally agree! Let’s make some changes and implement laws that will better serve us as a nation.

  3. Anonymous
    July 19, 2016 at 9:44 am


  4. Anonymous
    July 19, 2016 at 10:04 am

    You hit the nail on the head I hope they implement it very soon. It’s high time for this to stop.

  5. facts4life
    July 19, 2016 at 10:26 am

    Thats where they should have all the vat on alcohol and cigarettes. Bad for the health.

    1. Sad-But-True
      July 19, 2016 at 2:08 pm

      I agree with you 100%

      1. Sad-But-True
        July 19, 2016 at 2:12 pm

        Lol!! You Lifeless UWP trolls never cease to amaze. Lol.
        Going home Ape!
        And what has this white racists American dude say, that we don’t know yet? Lol

  6. Anonymous
    July 19, 2016 at 10:40 am

    these people. Where was Dr. Day. not one word from them . How many innocent people have died through drunken driving and not a word but Today your friend died, and you want justice. Sorry that the young man had to die that way but these people who come on news and talk now understands what it feels like. Your labour government was in power Dr. Day what did you tell them when Dr. King son killed that tourist… smh

    1. Anonymous
      July 19, 2016 at 12:29 pm

      Doesn’t Dr.King now sing for UWP???

  7. Anonymous
    July 20, 2016 at 9:13 am

    i believe they should put heavier tax on alcohol and tobacco. like 25%. Make money on ppl pleasure not needs.