Driving schools concerned about road signage

Driving schools concerned about road signage

Press Release:-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.

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19 Comments

  1. Anonymous
    August 7, 2017 at 9:38 am Reply

    Yeah good vibes posting this…but we need to check for road worthiness of vehicles…too many old trucks and barrow vehicles…those are hazards..

  2. Driver
    August 7, 2017 at 9:47 am Reply

    Additionally, all round about signs are wrong.

    1. Anonymous
      August 7, 2017 at 11:54 am Reply

      And planting trees and placing signs in the middle of the roundabout means you cannot see what is on the other side. Then the go cut trees where it is most beneficial. Pure madness in this country.

  3. Anonymous
    August 7, 2017 at 10:02 am Reply

    BRAVO and thank you!

    I think all readers here know someone who have perished due to lack of proper signs AND lack of enforcement!

    Let’s Stop the carnage. Transport Department/ Planning/ Police- DO YOUR DAMN JOBS.

  4. Anonymous
    August 7, 2017 at 10:48 am Reply

    Excellent observations and advice. Let’s hope that the authorities will act on your recommendations.

  5. Anonymous
    August 7, 2017 at 12:58 pm Reply

    Smh…in st.lucia …for an action to take place you have to be a tourist…example rodney bay mariner entrance accident…or someone have yo die 1st…nothing will be done about them incidents…cause not enough people have died…

  6. shhh
    August 7, 2017 at 1:52 pm Reply

    can someone tell me if these bright white lights on vehicles are legal??

  7. Anonymous
    August 7, 2017 at 4:03 pm Reply

    I so agree with the one before the last unless a tourist isn’t dead on that choc road by almond there nothing won’t be done with that road.

  8. Anonymous
    August 7, 2017 at 5:37 pm Reply

    Way about the traffic lights…..that not working….for so many yes now

  9. Anonymous
    August 7, 2017 at 5:39 pm Reply

    That is so true….

  10. Dacon
    August 12, 2017 at 7:49 am Reply

    Yh right .. Only now? And it’s because of what happened opposite rituals .. This should have been posted years ago .. Those responsible for signage and road markings are not doing a good job at it at all .. Anyone ever noticed the number of road signs covered with vines ? And have remained so almost forever? Whose responsibility is it to see that this is taken care of ?
    Every time some crap happens then someone or some organization would come out and blabber . I’m tired of all of them ..

  11. Anonymous
    August 12, 2017 at 8:35 am Reply

    Nothing will be done about that….a tourist have to die 1st….

  12. concerned
    August 12, 2017 at 9:25 am Reply

    I’m glad someone brought this up and I hope something is done to rectify it soon. There’s a sign restricting entry to certain classes of vehicles at the entrance of Bois Cachet. It’s very old and barely visible, and now many bus drivers go thru there although the sign prohibits them.

    There may be other areas but two come to mind, where I think proper road markings are lacking and could be dangerous. The four road junction where the road from Dame Pearlette school intersects with the union road. For those driving from the hill near the school, it’s very difficult to know from a distance that there’s an intersection.

    Similarly, when entering the Millenium highway from the Cul de Sac road, there are insufficient markings on the road to guage your position properly especially at night.

    Especially in areas with overhanging trees, the responsible persons need to ensure the roads are properly marked. The trees also need to be cut to allow adequate lighting.

    Some areas of our open roads lack road markings indicating the edge of the road. This is very important because in our terrain, we have many precipices and houses below the road level.

    Authorities please take note and help preserve lives. It’s not only speeding that causes accidents.

  13. Anonymous
    August 12, 2017 at 9:32 am Reply

    If the driving schools are complaining about wrong signs being placed on the roads, then I wish to say
    that for a functioning association to only now realised such is a shame.Let’s stop the hypocrisy as some of them worked with the ministry, they were instrumental in some of the changes. Let’s stop playing with the minds of our society. Mr Jean was a police officer and was in the position to suggest to the department of wrong signs and for sure the department would have take kindly to change. I wish to say yes our necessary ministries may not be following up with their responsibility but its our country and some of us are in a position to take,note and make recommendation or even take action. Just my take. Question have u all being teaching the students incorrect methods of driving because they must know they signs to drive. How many years since you all recognised this and said nothing.

  14. Anonymous
    August 12, 2017 at 9:45 am Reply

    The vehicles Head lights should be standard this is more important to the traffic. When a vehicle stop at night wherever they should turn off their lights and use their park lights. That’s why they name it park light. This is dangerous for a vehicle to stop with a bright light on and an incoming vehicle will have difficulty in seeing the way ahead .and last not least all vehicle lights should be one kind.

    Thanks

  15. Anonymous
    August 12, 2017 at 9:47 am Reply

    Do anyone agreed.??

  16. Christine
    August 12, 2017 at 10:10 am Reply

    There is a severe lack of road signs in this country, and even where there are signs, drivers ignore them, no problem (said sarcastically) as there is no enforcement anyway. Also there should be proper barriers on a lot of roads to stop vehicles plunging either into the sea or over cliffs.

  17. Anonymous
    August 12, 2017 at 11:04 am Reply

    The majority of accidents that occur are as a direct result of reckless driving. That is simple.

  18. Anonymous
    August 13, 2017 at 4:44 am Reply

    Well have you been to soufriere that place has no markings cars vans speed through the junctions its an accident waiting to happen been like for years lots of tourists are confused they should sort it out.

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