The Secretary of the National Association of Driving Schools (NADS), Kingson Jean, was among two driving instructors detained by the police Tuesday, his brother, Vernon Jean says.
“As far as I know, he was out driving with students this morning – driving at what he deemed to be a safe speed on the road and while driving with the student he was stopped by the police and arrested, as far as I was told for impeding traffic by driving too slow,” Vernon, of Jean’s Driving School, told St Lucia Times.
He declared that there are signs on the road indicating the maximum speed limit, but none indicating what is the minimum limit.
“So essentially, if he saw it fit for the student to drive at one mile an hour and that was safe, then that is what the student would have to drive at,” Vernon asserted.
He explained that students have varying capabilities.
“I am trying to wrap my mind around how a police officer in his mind can determine what is too slow to drive,” Vernon stated.
He told St Lucia Times that the incident involving his brother occurred at Choc Tuesday morning about 8.30 am.
Vernon also addressed reports that the slow driving was a form of protest.
Last month driving instructors gathered outside the building housing the office of the Prime Minister on the Castries Waterfront, saying they got a notice from the Ministry of Infrastructure suspending theory and practical examinations with immediate effect.
The demonstrators said there was no proper consultation.
Vernon Jean asserted that if Tuesday’s pace of driving by student drivers was a form of protest, they were within their right.
“As long as they are not breaking the law, there’s nothing wrong with that,” he declared.
Kingson Jean confirmed his arrest in a video posted on social media.
He said he and another instructor were held.
He said he had been arrested for ‘driving slow on the road’.
A senior law enforcement official told St Lucia Times he was aware of reports of the arrests and said it appeared that two vehicles had occupied both lanes of traffic.
However, the official explained that there’s no law against driving below the speed limit.
The driving instructors are nevertheless expected to be charged with obstructing traffic.