Authorities urged to implement driver demerit system

Authorities urged to implement driver demerit system

Authorities in Saint Lucia have been urged to implement a demerit system for drivers who break traffic laws.

Public Relations Officer of the National Association of Driving Schools Kingson Jean who has called for the implementation of the measure, told the Times that the provision is already on the statute books.

“I think if somebody starts to lose points on their licence and realise that with just a few more points to go they will lose their licence, I think they would definitely change their style of driving,” Jean asserted.

He observed that driving requires having a correct attitude.

Jean expressed the view that although local driving schools teach persons to use the roads properly, drivers develop bad habits over time as a result of constantly escaping with breaking the law.

“Our society on the whole has to be more disciplined in every aspect of life,” he told the Times.

Jean, a Defensive Driving Lecturer at Sir Arthur Lewis Community College (SALCC), said citizens need to understand the ramifications of not adhering to the laws of this country.

Last week there was a deadly collision along the Choc highway involving a truck and a motor car.

Two teenagers -Zhane Bianca Williams, 18, year of Massacre, Anse La Raye, and Zina Omega Anthony, 19, of Ciceron, Castries died as a result of the collision.

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10 Comments

  1. sharon terrell
    May 3, 2017 at 5:46 pm Reply

    Yes i definitely agree 1 million percent just like they do in the USA,depending on these points you can even lose your license and never be permitted to own a driving license again.And also when you lose points on your license,you should be sent to driver’s education classes as a warning,period.We need to start confiscating licenses enough is enough.

  2. Terence Joseph
    May 3, 2017 at 6:21 pm Reply

    Good idea sir!

  3. Anonymous
    May 3, 2017 at 6:57 pm Reply

    Very good!! Something must be done

  4. Anonymous
    May 3, 2017 at 8:21 pm Reply

    Authorities’ head hard! I have been advocating for transportation safety sensitization for ages. There are countless traffic laws but they are seldomly being enforced by the popo eg) why are some bikers refusing to wear helmets ….clearly authorities are not concerned unless their very own is affected by such lawlessness.

    I have tried! Maybe they will listen you .

  5. TheSaintLuciaActivist
    May 3, 2017 at 9:36 pm Reply

    Even before going there, legislate a maximum blood alcohol level for all drivers.

  6. Anonymous
    May 4, 2017 at 6:24 am Reply

    So how will that stop accidents. Secondly roads are not properly marked, signs are not kept,roads have obstacles,bus stops are not wide enough and properly designed which prevents the secure use of our roads. Traffic lights are not adequate, proper use of pedestrian crossings is not adheared to,location signs are rear,proper sidewalks don’t exist.take care of those things first then you implement penalties.

  7. STraight shooter
    May 4, 2017 at 7:51 am Reply

    You are talking about points while it may be part of a solution it is not part of the big problems we have here. What about all those useless accidents we are having. You can tell your students they can loose points on their license but what about going to prison and being charge for careless and reckless driving. There is a lot of money that the government can make by getting in to the pockets of those foolish drivers and solving a problem at the same time. change the driving laws give the traffic officers leverage to issue citation and eventually lead to charges then we will have some sanity on our roads.

  8. Anonymous
    May 4, 2017 at 9:21 am Reply

    They should also so something about drinking and driving. This is costing innocent people lots of money and time due to açcidents. There are laws on the books they are just not being enforced. If you check many of these açcidents involve the use of alcohol.

  9. Anonymous
    May 4, 2017 at 4:14 pm Reply

    Yes they do. Also have check points at different locations for drunk drivers. Too many lives are lost because of stupidity. Time to increase some new laws. Drinking and driving don’t mixed.

  10. pissed
    May 7, 2017 at 10:40 pm Reply

    And also that goddamned highway is too narrow! I don’t know what these ppl are thinking turning a two way road into a four lane highway! there is no room for mistakes on that thing. They are more concerned with traffic flow than safety!

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